New Delhi, 15 November 2021 – A 104-year-old woman named Kuttiyamma has scored 89 out of 100 in the Kerala State Literacy Mission’s test, inspiring lakhs of students around the country! The Saksharatha (literacy) exam, which Kuttiyamma sat for, was conducted in the Ayarkunnam panchayat of Kottayam district.
On Friday, 12th November 2021, Vasudevan Sivankutty, Kerala’s Education Minister, had posted a picture of 104-year-old Kuttiyamma on his Twitter handle, wishing her the best on scoring such commendable marks in an exam conducted by the state government’s continuing education initiative.
Along with the picture of a visibly ecstatic Kuttiyamma, Sivankutty tweeted, “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.”
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. #Literacy pic.twitter.com/pB5Fj9LYd9
— V. Sivankutty (@VSivankuttyCPIM) November 12, 2021
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Age is Not a Barrier to Achieve Literacy
The beaming centenarian Kuttiyamma has proven that age is just a number if one is keen on reaching the goals they have set for themselves. Kuttiyamma has never been to school, as a result of which, she was unable to read or write. However, fate turned in favour of her and Saksharatha Prerak Rehna helped her in her studies. The classes were conducted at her home in the mornings and evenings.
After passing the Saksharatha (literacy) exam, Kuttiyamma has now become eligible to write the Class 4 exam.
Several Twitteratis have also come forward congratulating Kuttiyamma and motivating her to study further.
Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA) is an autonomous institution set up in 1988, under the General Education Department, Government of Kerala. The institution was launched under the National Literacy Mission of the Union Government and is funded by the state government. Its main aim is to promote literacy, thereby encouraging citizens to continue with their education and lifelong learning. Currently, KSLMA offers literacy programmes equivalent to classes 4, 7, 10, 11, and 12.