Kottayam is always in the forefront in literacy and education . In the 17th century , a Dutch school was started at Kottayam,which was short-lived .The first English school in Kerala was started by the Missionaries of the Church Mission Society (C.M.S) at Kottayam, in the beginning of the 19 th century and this is the CMS High School, Kottayam.The first college in Kerala is C.M.S College, Kottayam.