As many as 12,000 neo-learners in the age group of 15 to 35 years appeared for the basic literacy test conducted under the Bharat Saakshar Mission in schools of all the 334 village panchyats in the district on Sunday.
Additional deputy commissioner Sharandeep Kaur Brar said that the examination was conducted under the supervision of the heads of the schools and village sarpanches. Most of the women of the villages had appeared in the test.
Neo-learners from villages including Negadela Kalan, Bansudhar, Fatehapur Niyamat Khan, Jhandawala, Bishnoiyan, Surtiya, Faggu, Lehengewala, Panjuwana, Abushehar, Moujgarh, Desujodha, appeared in the test.
Kaur said the 150 prisoners of the district jail, including woman inmates, also took the exam. Santo Devi, 78-year-old woman from Jhandenwala village, took the exam with her family members at the village centre. She said she was very happy and delighted after sitting in the exam.
Surjeet Singh (63), a resident of Fatehpur Niyamat Khan village, said, “It is a good initiative by the government. The people who could not study due to various reasons have now got a chance to be literate.”