Karthiyani Amma
Karthiyani Amma

96-year-old woman tops Kerala's literacy exam

ANI | Updated: Oct 31, 2018 21:21 IST

Alappuzha (Kerala) [India], Oct 31 (ANI): For some people age is literally just a number. Karthiyani Amma, a 96-year-old woman from Alappuzha district is one of them, who topped the Aksharalaksham, a test under the Kerala's literacy programme by scoring 98 percent marks.
The 'Aksharalaksham' is a literacy programme of Kerala State Literacy Mission in which reading, writing and basic mathematical skills are tested. A total of 43,330 candidates appeared for the examination while 42, 933 of them passed it.
Amma will be given certificate for this feat during a ceremony to be held at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's conference hall in Secretariat on November 1 .
The state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority launched the 'Aksharalaksham' literacy programme on the occasion of Republic Day this year in order to achieve the target of 100 percent literacy and help eradicate illiteracy among marginalised groups like tribals, fisher folks and slum-dwellers in the state.
As per UNESCO norms, Kerala was declared a fully literate state on April 18, 1991, which means attaining 90 per cent literacy.
However, as per the 2011 Census, around 18.5 lakh people were reported to be illiterate in the state that impelled the state government to launch the "Aksharalaksham" programme. (ANI)

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