Meet Karthiyani Amma, the 96-year-old topper from Kerala who scored 98/100

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]eek knowledge from the cradle to the grave, someone rightly said.

Karthiyani Amma at the age of 96 scored 98 out of 100 marks in “Aksharalaksham”, a literacy program of Kerala State Literacy Mission.

She belongs to Alappuzha, a city on the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Among the total students who had appeared for the exam, 42933 students successfully cleared the exam, among which ‘Amma’ is the oldest lady examinee. The candidates in the said examination were tested on various subjects including mathematics.

She had appeared in the mission’s exam on August 5 this year. At that time, union minister Venkaiah Naidu had expressed content over the development.

Naidu’s post read: Happy to learn that 96-year-old Shri Karthiyani Amma is appearing for Sakshar examination conducted by Kerala state Sakshar mission. She is setting a great example. Education leads to empowerment. Wish all unlettered elders follow her example. #education #empowerment

She might receive a merit certificate from Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday (November 1) at the Chief Minister’s Conference hall.

Kerala, a state with a high literacy index and low school drop out rate launched a programme titled ‘Aksharalaksham’ in January 2018 with the target to eradicate illiteracy and achieve 100% literacy rate in the state. Each and every person irrespective of the age group was targeted in the state-run literacy scheme.

As the news of this amazing feat broke out on the internet, people took to Twitter and termed her as the ‘student of the year’. Listed below are few of such reactions: