It’s a big day for 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Kerela, since she will receive a merit certificate for acing the literacy exam in Kerala with 98 percent marks. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will give away a special congratulatory certificate for passing the test and making a record.
Karthyayani Amma hailing from Haripad in Alappuzha district was the oldest among the 43,330 candidates who appeared for the literacy test – ‘Aksharalaksham’, a fourth standard equivalent examination, conducted by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA).
Karthiyani Amma attended the literacy test at Kanichenallur UP School, Muttom, on August 10. The examination focused upon three core areas – reading, writing and mathematics. Karthiyani Amma secured 38 out of 40 in writing, and 100 in reading and maths.
Amma never went to school in her life and worked as a cleaning staff in a few temples in her village yet she scored 98 marks out of 100. Expressing her joy, Amma said that she has finally learned how to read, write and calculate.
“She is the topper among the neo-literates qualifying exam. We are all proud of her great achievement. She had voluntarily joined for the class,” PS Sreelatha, director of the Literacy Mission Authority said.
As many as 42,933 cleared the exam from all those who appeared for the exam conducted in the state in five levels – Class IV, VII, X, XI, and XII.