Kerala’s 96-year-old topper gets laptop

Thiruvananthapuram: 96-year-old Karthiyayani Amma, who created history after becoming the oldest women to top Kerala’s literacy exam under ‘Aksharalaksham’ scheme, was gifted a laptop by the state education minister C. Raveendranath on Wednesday.

Last week, the nonagenarian had expressed her desire to learn computers. To fulfill this, Raveendranath visited her home and gifted her a laptop.

The 96-year-old, a native of Alappuzha district, was facilitated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinyari Vijayan for scoring 98 marks out of 100 in the state’s literacy programme.

Reading, writing and basic mathematical skills are tested in the examination, which was taken by 43,330 candidates.

The literacy programme was launched on Republic Day this year in order to achieve 100 percent literacy in Kerala.