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Confident of educating 5 lakh people under adult education programme this year, says T.N. Minister

Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi releases the booklet of the New India Literacy Program which was received by collector H. Krishnanunni in Erode on Friday. | Photo credit: GOVARTHAN M

Under the non-formal and adult education programme, which aims to eradicate illiteracy, the state is confident that the target of educating 4.8 lakh people in the current year will be surpassed said Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi in Erode on Friday.

The Minister, in the presence of Housing and Urban Development Minister S. Muthusamy, Collector H. Krishnanunni, MLAs AG Venkatachalam and C. Saraswathi, P. Kuppusamy, Director, Directorate of Non-Formal and Adult Education, launched a training program for volunteer teachers who are on their turn to educate others.

Addressing media persons, the minister said that under the New India Literacy Program 2022-27, Chief Minister MK Stalin had allocated ₹9.83 crore to the program to teach basic literacy and reading and writing to adults. “Last year, we set a target to train 3.10 lakh people under the program and train 3.15 lakh people,” he said, adding that they are confident that they can train five lakh people this year. The minister also expressed confidence that the scheme will ensure 100% literacy in the state, after which it will no longer be necessary.

‘Sports period should not be disturbed’

When asked about not being allowed to attend physical education classes and having to take subjects, the minister says that schools are being instructed not to disrupt the sports period. Youth Welfare and Sports Development Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin had said that Tamil Nadu would become a sports capital. “The School Education Department conducts 208 kinds of sports for the students and it will help to achieve this goal,” he added.

The minister said all steps are being taken by the prime minister to ensure a drug-free state.

Earlier, in a speech to the volunteers, the minister said that in 1820 only 12% of the world’s people were literate, while now only 16% are illiterate. In India in 1901 only 5% of people were literate and in 2011 74% of people were literate. “In Tamil Nadu, 80% of the people are literate and the program will help to reach 100% literacy,” he added.

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