104-year-old Kerala woman scores 89 out of 100 in literacy exam

Kuttiyamma with her teacher Fehra John | Photo: ANI

Kottayam: A 104-year-old woman from Kottayam has become an inspiration for all and proved that age is just a number as she scored 89 marks out of 100 in the Kerala State Literacy Mission's Test.

The test, also called the Saksharatha test, was organised in the Ayarkunnam Panchayat of Kottayam district.

Kuttiyamma, a resident of Kottayam Thiruvanchoor Ayarkunnam panchayat had never been to school and attended literacy classes at her home only now and by scoring 89 marks out of 100 and has become eligible to write the class 4 exam. Her husband TK Konthi had passed away in 2002.

She attended Saksharatha classes and teacher Fehra taught her how to read and write.

"The teacher taught me everything like reading and writing letters in Malayalam," said Kuttiyamma.

"She can write letters now and is very happy," says her teacher, Fehra John.

Kuttiyamma also sings many prayer songs and reads a newspaper every day.

The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority is an autonomous institution under the General Education Department in the Government of Kerala.

The program aims to develop literacy skills through continuing education, provide chances for each and everyone interested in learning, enable the learners to make use of their learning in their daily life and ensure Secondary-level education to the whole of Kerala.

The main beneficiaries of this programme are illiterates, neo-literates, school drop-outs and those interested in lifelong education.


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