65-year-old Keshavettan, cancer survivor, all set to ace 11th-grade exams
Thiruvananthapuram: Sixty-five-year-old Keshavettan, who is battling cancer, is all set to appear for yet another examination. He is determined to clear the exams riled up by all the neglect from people, who earmarked him as an ‘illiterate’ several years back. Keshavan is prepping up for the plus one equivalency exam which is scheduled to take place on July 26.
V. P. Keshavan, a Wayanad native, discontinued studies after fourth grade and couldn’t continue his dream to study more.
It was around fifteen years back that Keshavan, who works as a farmer, met Jessy, a Literacy Assistant Prerak, when she was out searching for teachers for ‘Aksharadeepam’ program.
When Jessy found out about his keenness to study, she salvaged the documents that are as old as 45 years from the school where Keshavan last studied. Keshavan has passed the equivalency exams of grades four, seven and ten. In 1970, Keshavan and his brother Bageeradhan had started Ashan Kalari for imparting literacy to the villagers. This later turned into Edathana Tribal Higher Secondary School.
Once he had to seek the help of others to write a cheque and was termed ‘illiterate’. Keshavan says that those words of negligence caused him to take up his studies from where he left. He has won the first prize at the Elocution competition by presenting the speech he prepared all by himself in the arts festivals conducted by Block and State Literary Missions. His family consists of his wife and four children.