Kerala – A 96-year-old granny from Cheppad – Alapphuzha district – scored 98 out of 100 marks in a literacy examination conducted in August this year.
Kathyayani Amma, was the oldest student to attend the Aksharalaksham literacy examination conducted by Kerala state Literacy Mission Authority.
She had to pass reading, writing, and Mathematics skills. She outstandingly scored 38 out of 40 in writing skills, while 100% in reading and mathematics skills.
The results were out on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Hindu daily, Amma said, she was aiming at clearing the tenth standard equivalent examination.
“I am delighted to clear the examination with high marks. I would like to continue my studies,” she enthused.
Amma’s teacher Sati. K said, “She is very enthusiastic about education and it was reflected in marks she scored. She is eager to continue education.”
Amma had never been to school until she got inspired by her 51-years-old daughter Amminiamma, who cleared her tenth grade exams with full determination despite a school dropout.
Officials said, Amma will receive a merit certificate from the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a function to be held on Thursday.
Aksharalaksham is a Kerala Government project to achieve numerical 100% literacy. Out of 43,330 examinees, 42,933 including 37,166 women have cleared the first phase.