New Delhi: Age is just a number for 96-year-old Karthiyani Amma, who was among the 42,933 people who appeared for the literacy examination conducted by the Kerala State Literacy Mission. Driven by the urge to read and write, the nonagenarian had enrolled herself in the state literacy mission’s ‘Akshkeraralaksham’ programme six months ago. Also Read - Kerala Allows Inter-district Bus Service in Restricted Manner, Decision to Open Temples on June 8

The nonagenarian scored 98/100 marks in the examination. She was the oldest student appearing for the examination. Approximately 42933 people have cleared the exam who were tested on skills including reading, writing, and maths. Also Read - Monsoon 2020: Kerala Receives Fresh Spell of Rains, Thunderstorm as Southwest Monsoons Hit Coast



The state conducts this exam to test the candidates’ reading, writing, and numerical abilities. Out of 100 marks, a candidate should secure at least 30 marks to pass.



In August, Amma had appeared for the literacy examination conducted by the Kerala State Literacy Mission. Karthiyani Amma took the examination at the Cheppad government LP school, Literacy mission sources had said.

Eighty inmates from various prisons had written the examination.

A Mission press release had mentioned that 11,683 people from Palakkad district appeared for the exam, in which reading, writing and mathematical abilities of the examinees are tested.

A total of 2,420 members from the scheduled caste community and 946 from scheduled tribe community also took up the exam.