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Age No Bar! At 96, Karthyayani Amma Gets 98 Out Of 100

Age No Bar! 96-Year-Old Karthyayani Amma Gets 98 Out Of 100
Karthyayani Amma (seated, second from right) with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. (Source - Screengrab of video from Twitter handle of CMO Kerala)

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Age No Bar! At 96, Karthyayani Amma Gets 98 Out Of 100

She is reported to be disappointed that she did not score a perfect 100.

Karthyayani Amma has proved that there is no age limit for learning! The 96-year-old woman has scored 98 marks out of 100 in a literacy examination conducted by the Kerala government.

The lady is the oldest candidate among 43,330 students who sat for the “Aksharalaksham” programme in August, reported the Indian Express.

Karthyayani Amma,who lives in Cheppad in Alappuzha district, appeared in the examination to be deemed as ‘literate’. She has become the oldest ever to take and crack the literacy exam.

In a telephonic conversation with Indian Express, Amma said that she was extremely happy as she has passed the examination but was also sad as she lost two marks.

Except for a little forgetfulness and wavering of the hand, the 96-year-old claims to be healthy and wishes to study more. Some reports say that she wants to learn computers now.

Merit Certificate From CM

On Thursday, a vehicle arranged by the village panchayat took Karthyayani to Thiruvananthapuram where she participated in a programme by State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

She received a merit certificate and a shawl from Vijayan as a token of recognition for her achievement.

The day also marked the ‘Kerala Piravi’ (the Kerala formation day) and the ‘Malayala Bhasha’ day (Malayalam language day).

An Envious Marksheet

The result which was announced on Wednesday, declared Karthyayani ‘literate’ after having passed with 98% marks in the examination.

She has scored 28 marks in Mathematics and full marks in reading test as well as in writing test.

Total marks for Mathematics and reading test is 30 while the writing test carries 40 marks. The reading and writing tests were conducted in Malayalam.

Education And Life

The 96-year-old Karthyayani Amman never went to school to obtain education in her life. Instead, she worked as a sweeper at temples and neighbouring areas to raise her family.

Currently, Amma lives in Cheppad with her daughter, grand-children and great grand-children.

(Read – Understanding India’s Demography, From Population to Literacy and Sex Ratio)

Aksharalaksham Examination

The examination commenced on the Republic Day this year, under ‘Aksharalaksham’ mission of Kerala government. The examination aims to transform Kerala into a fully literate state in the next four years.

A candidate is declared passed only if she or he has scored at least nine marks in reading, 12 in writing and nine in mathematics.

Of the 43,330 students who appeared in the examination this year, 42,933 have passed.

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