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96-year-old super granny scores high marks in Kerala literacy exam

Proving that age was no barrier to learning, a 96-year-old woman has secured high marks in a literacy examination held in Kerala.

Karthyayani Amma, the oldest candidate who appeared for the “Aksharalaksham” programme of the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority, scored 98 marks out of 100.

And she is not the one to rest on her laurels. She has her eyes set on learning computers now. “Saw children studying and got inspired, never got the opportunity when young otherwise would have become government official. Now want to learn computers,” the 96-year-old told agencies.

A native of Cheppad village of Haripad in Alappuzha district, the nonagenarian Thursday received an “Aksharalaksham certificate” from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as a token of recognition for her achievement.

Karthyayani Amma scored 38 out of 40 in writing, and full marks of 30 each in Mathematics and reading, Mission Director P S Sreekala said.

The woman has become a role model for thousands of people who wish to be part of the literacy programmes, she said.

“The present phase of the initiative has covered 2000 wards across the state. In the next phase, we are planning to join hands with local bodies and expand the programme,” Sreekala said.

“The aim of the Literacy Mission is to make the state fully literate in four years,” the official said.

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