Kerala Government gifts laptop to 96 year old Karthyayani Amma who scored 98 out of 100 marks in a literacy test

The 96 years old Karthyayani Amma, who sprang a surprise by scoring 98 marks out of 100 in a literacy test in Kerala recently, as per her wish to learn computer, the Government of Kerala has gifted a laptop to her. Prof C Raveendranath, the Education Minister of Kerala had visited her house and not only gifted Karthyayani Amma with a laptop, but also he helped her to type her name. When all these were going on, happiness knew no bound on her smiling face, while she was enjoy every bit of technology she could pick up at her ripe age.

Recently, when Karthyayani Amma topped the Class IV equivalent examination and Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan had facilitated her recently. Karthyayani Amma said said that she could not study well when she were able to. When she saw small kids learning to write and that was when the spark of desire in her ignited and she decided to study. When she approached a teacher and when she asked whether Karthyayani Amma wanted to pursue her studies, she nodded in affirmative.

After writing her name on the laptop page, Karthyayanni Amma expressed her desire to continue her studies, while also picking up computer skills when she was free. “All this may help me to get a job”, the nonagenarian said with a beaming smile.

The favourite grandma of Kerala says her health is in perfect condition, while smiling at the media replete with enthusiasm. Karthyayani Amma’s daughter, who is aged in her ’60s had also cleared the literacy examination recently. The grandma’s aspiration is to clear the Class X equivalent examination as part of the Kerala State Literacy Mission, which is aiming at attaining 100% literacy. The literacy programme tests reading, writing along with basic mathematical skills. This year, an estimated 42,933 candidates passed the test, taking Kerala closer to its stated objective.

It may be recalled that Kerala was declared as a fully literate state back in 1991, with the bottom line of achieving 90% literacy as per UNESCO norms. Although, Kerala leads from the front when it comes to the literacy in India, nevertheless, around 18 lakh people still remained illiterate, as per 2011 Census. This has promoted the Government of Kerala to roll out Aksharalaksham Programme on January 26, 2018, with the aim of eradicating illiteracy among marginalised communities such as tribal people, poor fishermen and slum-dwellers.



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