INDIA: About 86.24% of migrants in Perumbavoor municipality who participated in a survey conducted by the State Literacy Mission have expressed their willingness to learn Malayalam and Hindi as part of the organisation’s drive to educate the illiterate among the more than 25 lakh migrant labourers in Kerala.
Of the 3,211 persons from whom response was sought, 1,467 agreed to join classes to be conducted by the Mission. Nearly 13.76% pointed out that they were not interested in joining the drive while pointing out that they had little time to spare and in view of chances of leaving Kerala for job opportunities outside.
Five migrants, who had passed Class X, said they were ready to take classes in regional languages for the illiterate.
A release issued by the Mission said 65.71% of the migrants said they were ready to attend evening classes on working days while 32.79% said they would attend the sessions during the night. Nearly 8.86% agreed to participate in the morning sessions while 26.18% said they would attend classes on holidays.
It was found that 100% of the migrants who had participated in the survey could not read or write Malayalam. They had knowledge in basic mathematics. A majority of them could not write and read Hindi.