The government schools registered an increase of 5,703 students, while aided schools recorded an increase of 6,495 students in the first standard this year, it said.
Besides, the number of students in standards 5 and 8 in government and aided schools has increased by 40,385 and 30,083, respectively, this year, the figures added.
Terming the increased number of students as a 'proud achievement', Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it gives inspiration and encouragement to the state government to go forward with its campaign to revive public sector schools.
This is for the first time that the number of students in public sector schools has registered such an increase in the last ten years, he said in a Facebook post.
The Chief Minister also congratulated parents who have supported the campaign and sent their children to state-run schools and teachers for toiling hard to improve the standard of the public education system.
The LDF government is committed to enhance the infrastructure and standard of the government schools, Mr. Vijayan added.
Students of other classes would be brought under the ambitious programme in the next phase, official sources said.
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The Education Department had also made school learning digital from Class 1 this academic year with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) text books and smart classrooms.
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