Thiruvananthapuram: Mudad Revathi, a migrant labourer, hailing from Odisha, mastered Malayalam in a short span of time and scored 100% in a Kerala literacy exam.

Malayalam, the mother tongue of Keralites, is generally considered the hardest language to learn because it has many tongue twisters. However, this was not a barrier for Revathi, an employee of a garment-making unit in the IT hub Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Revathi scored 100% in the special examination conducted by the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA).

The 100-marks exam was activity oriented, focusing on reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

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Revathi had been learning Malayalam for some time under the state-wide 'Changathi' programme, an initiative of the KSLMA to impart Malayalam and basic education among migrant labourers who arrived in Kerala seeking greener pastures.

She, along with several other migrant workers from different states, recently wrote the exam, the results of which were announced on Monday.

“I tried to spend at least two hours to learn Malayalam every night after work,” Revathi said.

Besides her, Viki Kumar, a worker from Bihar, also scored 100%, a KSLMA release said.

Proving that age is no barrier for learning, 90-year-old Mythili, a native of a fishing hamlet in Kozhikode, has secured full marks as part of the ‘Aksharasagaram’, another flagship initiative of the KSLMA to eradicate illiteracy among fisher folk in the state.

Recently, 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma, who set a record with Kerala state literacy mission’s results of the Class 4 equivalent examination, was gifted a laptop by state education minister C Raveendranath. She had scored 98 out of 100 in the exams under the 'Aksharalaksham' project.

Besides ‘Changathi’ and ‘Aksharasagaram’, the mission has also conducted examinations under the ‘Navachetana’ and ‘Samagra’ programmes, envisaged to educate backward classes and the tribal community respectively, the release added.

A total of 8,605 neo-literates have won various examinations under different projects, KSLMA director, PS Sreekala said.

With inputs from PTI