Hailing from Alappuzha district in Kerala, she scored an impressive 98/100 marks in ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy program of Kerala State Literacy Mission. Turns out, she was the oldest student appearing for the exam. Around 42,933 cleared the exam being tested in reading, writing, and mathematics. She is also the oldest ever to take and crack the literacy exam!
Here’s the breakdown of her score – 28 out of 30 in Mathematics, 30 out of 30 in reading, and 30 out of 30 in writing, with all the tests conducted in Malayalam. Proving herself to be a bright student, it is reported that the nonagenarian has never attended school in her life. She has grandchildren and great-grandchildren but her quest for knowledge never ceased.
Despite a great score, Karthiyani amma wishes she hadn’t lost that 2 marks, otherwise she would’ve earned a centum in the program.
Her inspiring story has caught a lot of attention including politician Shahi Tharoor, who had long back tweeted about her in the past.
i had tweeted about this 96 year old Kerala student when she began her studies: yesterday she passed her literacy exams! Congratulations Karthyayani Amma! https://t.co/3fTbxSjs9s
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 1, 2018
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