Kerala : 96-Year-Old ‘Amma’ Scores 98 Out Of 100


Age is an issue of Mind over Matter!


This is exactly what 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Kerala seems to be following all her life through. A native of Cheppad village of Haripad in Alappuzha district, Amma has proven that age has absolutely no barrier for learning.

She is a part of the “Aksharalaksham” programme of the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority where she has scored highest marks in a literary exam recently held. She is oldest candidate at the centre, having scored 98 marks out of 100!!!


Phew……….Most of us struggled to get those numbers in less than 1/3 of her age!! 🙂

She also received an “Aksharalaksham Certificate” from the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as a token of recognition for her achievement and also for being such a role model for all.

And wait! It does not end here. Amma wants to further study computers as well. She said that she got inspired by seeing other children. Also, she sighs that she never got an opportunity when she was young, else she would have become a government official today.

Mission Director P S Sreekala said that Karthyayani Amma score boasts of 38 out of 40 in writing, and full marks of 30 each in Mathematics and Reading. Sreekala further said,

“Aksharalaksham” is one of the flagship literacy programmes of the LDF government to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the state. The present phase of the initiative has covered 2000 wards across the state. In the next phase, we are planning to join hands with local bodies and expand the programme. The aim of the Literacy Mission is to make the state fully literate in four years.”


Amma ends on an arguably cute note when she said that she did not copy from anyone, rather she let others copy from her 🙂

It is not the marks that makes her popular in the news today, but her attitude towards life which is so positive even at this age. She is a living example for many young students today who give up early in life due to pressures or failures which they think are the end of road for them.
Caught him!! 🙂


Karthyayani Amma’s story should hopefully inspire all at every stage of life!



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