A 96-year-old woman set a record by scoring 98 marks out of 100 in the literacy exam in southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Thursday.
The Kerala State literacy mission conducts equivalency examination in different grades for people who could not get proper schooling.
After the results were declared on Wednesday, Karthyayani Amma was felicitated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Amma, who hails from Cheeped in Alapuzha district north of Kerala state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, has never attended any school.
She is said to have been inspired by her daughter, who recently finished the literacy mission’s course, local media reported.
“I saw children studying and got inspired. I didn’t study when I should have but I am glad that I am getting the opportunity to do that now,” Amma said.
The literacy test is equivalent of exam for Class 4 and Amma said she looks forward to passing Class 10.
“After this, I want to learn computer too. In my free time I can use the computer, type on the computer,” the nonagenarian told reporters.
Amma was married at the age of 13.
According to local government officials, of the 43,330 students who sat for the exam, Amma was the oldest ever, in the state, to take a literacy test.
Yesterday she passed her literacy exams! Congratulations Karthyayani Amma!” Congress lawmaker from Thiruvananthapuram Tharoor tweeted.
Kerala was declared fully literate in 1991, which means attaining 90 per cent literacy, as per the UNESCO norms.
As per India’s 2011 census, Kerala has around 1.8 million illiterate.
To achieve the goal of 100 percent literacy, the local government initiated a scheme in January to eradicate illiteracy among marginalized communities across the state.