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After Topping Literacy Exam, Kerala's Great Granny To Learn Computers Now

Amma was the oldest candidate and top scorer in the 'Aksharalaksham' programme, a flagship initiative of the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority, with 98 marks out of 100.

After Topping Literacy Exam, Kerala's Great Granny To Learn Computers Now
Karthyayani Amma, Kerala's 'Great Granny', who recently aced a literacy exam, receiving a laptop from Kerala's Education Minister C Raveendranath. Courtesy: Twitter

Karthyayani Amma, Kerala's great granny, who recently passed a literacy exam scoring 98 per cent marks, is on the path to fulfill another of her wishes as she received a laptop as gift from the Kerala government after expressing her desire to lern computers.

Amma was the oldest candidate and top scorer in the 'Aksharalaksham' programme, a flagship initiative of the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority, with 98 marks out of 100.

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.

As a gesture of appreciation for the achievement, state Education Minister C Raveendranath Wednesday handed over a new laptop to Amma after visiting her at her home in coastal
Cheppad village of Alapuzha district.

Clad in a traditional Kerala saree, Amma received the Minister, who himself is a retired college professor, with her trademark innocent smile.

Asked whether she wanted to learn computers, she was quick to reply: "I will study if I get one."

To her amazement, the minister soon gave her the "surprise gift" of the government- a laptop.

He also found time to initiate the nonagenarian into the world of computers by helping her to press the keys.

Before leaving, the minister extended full support to the further studies of the 'oldest' student of the state, family members said.

Proving that age is no barrier for learning, Karthyayani Amma had scored 38 out of 40 in writing, and full marks of 30 each in mathematics and reading in the three-module literacy exam.

The proud nonagenarian had also received an 'Aksharalaksham' certificate from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on November 1.

Amma, a mother of six children of whom only two are alive, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, had said that she wanted to continue with her studies at least up to 10th standard and learn computers.

Having cleared the Aksharalaksham exam, she has got direct entry into the 4th grade of the equivalency course of the Literacy Mission.

Once she has cleared the six-month 4th grade course, she can join the 7th grade equivalency programme and subsequently the 10th standard course, the Mission officials
had said.

PTI

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