Age is just a number

Kuttiyamma, 104 year old, from Kerela, has scored 89 out of 100 in the recently tests. These tests were conducted as a part of ‘Mikavulsavam’, a project of the Kerala State Literacy Mission to test preliminary knowledge of students. She also scored full marks in Maths.

Saksharatha Prerak, Rehna was allocated to her and took classes every morning and evening at her home. After attending the classes, Kuttiyamma became eligible to take the exam for fourth standard. It was more of a challenge for the the teacher and the student as Kuttiyamma is hard of hearing and has difficulty with her eyesight as well.

Kerala’s Education Minister Vasudevan Sivankutty posted a picture of Kuttiyamma on his twitter handle and wrote, “104-year-old Kuttiyamma from Kottayam has scored 89/100 in the Kerala State Literacy Mission’s test. Age is no barrier to enter the world of knowledge. With utmost respect and love, I wish Kuttiyamma and all other new learners the best.”

Kerala’s literacy programme that aims to impart reading, writing and other educational skills especially to those who could not go to school for various reasons has been a grand success. In recent years, the programme has regularly hit headlines with nonagenarians (a person who is between 90 and 99 years old) and centenarians, most often women, scoring high marks in equivalency examinations.

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