Alappuzha: 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma, who set a new record with Kerala state literacy mission’s results of the Class 4-equivalent examination, was gifted a laptop by Kerala education minister C Raveendranath on Wednesday. The 96-year-old student had scored 98 out of 100 in the exams.

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

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The 96-year-old, a native of Alappuzha district, was felicitated by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for scoring 98 marks out of 100 in the state's literacy programme. 

This granny didn't get the opportunity to study during her childhood because she got married at a very young age. But she is happy to explore her long-buried academic passion at this age. And she is working hard to achieve her goal.

Karthyayani Amma has grabbed the headlines for her perseverance and hard work despite her old age. She is looking forward to taking the SSLC examination (Class 10 board exams).  

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The senior citizen got the opportunity to study at this age, thanks to the scheme introduced by the district literacy mission. A teacher had been appointed specially for Karthiyayani Amma because of her declining health. The teacher would regularly come to Amma's house five days a week.

Earlier, the photograph of Karthyayani Amma writing the exam had gone viral on social media. Over 45,000 senior citizens from across Kerala appeared for the literacy mission's test this year and she was the oldest among the candidates, who cleared the literacy examinations.