Kerala’s Education Minister gifted a laptop to a 96-year-old woman who made history by becoming the oldest person in the state who cleared the literacy exam as part of the ‘Aksharalaksham’ mission.
Karthyayini Amma, 96 year old woman, who scored 98 marks out of 100 in the literacy exam conducted in the last month, had expressed her wish to learn how to operate a computer and write the class 10 equivalency exam as well. On November 7, 2018, C Raveendranath, the Education Minister, met her at her home in Cheppad in Alappuzha district and also gifted her the laptop. An elated Karthayayini Amma was taken by surprise with the gift, and overwhelmed the Education Minister by typing her own name in the laptop in English.
Sources said that the Minister visited her house when he was in the area to take part in an official engagement. When someone told him that the nonagenarian wanted a computer, he visited a shop nearby and bought a Dell laptop worth Rs 25,000 and gifted it to her in an official capacity. The Minister was accompanied by Public Education Director, KV Mohan Kumar.
Karthyayini Amma, never went to school and brought up her family by working as a sweeper and domestic help. Presently, she lives with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Cheppad. She enrolled for the literacy exam earlier this year and had spent many months preparing for the test with the help of a teacher.