We all have often heard age is just a number but, Karthiyani Amma 96-Year-old women from Kerela have proved it.
96-Year-old women appeared for the exam conducted by Kerela State Literacy Mission as part of Aksharalaksham Project.
At such age, appearing is an achievement, but she even topped the exam with 98% marks. Karthiyani Amma Krishnapilla of the Muttom village in Alappuzha had never gone to school. But, as a part of literacy mission exam, she was able to achieve a rare feat.
Aksharalaksham is a project by Kerela government to achieve 100% literacy rate in the state. Successful candidates can enrol from class IV to higher secondary education. According to Time Of India, a total of 43330 people had appeared for the basic literacy exam, and 42933 people have passed as a part of Aksharalaksham program.
Amma on Thursday, November 1st at noon will receive a merit certificate from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Talking to India Today Karthiyaniamma I’m happy that I got good marks. Now I can read write and calculate. She wants to learn English in the next term.
As per UNESCO norms, Kerala was declared a fully literate state on 18 April 1991, which means attaining 90 percent literacy.
However, as per the 2011 Census, around 18.5 lakh people were identified illiterate in a state that impelled the state government to launch the Aksharalaksham programme to achieve 100% literacy rate.