Age is not a bar for learning."I am aged and cannot think of learning". We can hear such comments very often. But this is not a always the case. Here is an example. Karthyayini Amma, hailing from Cheppad of Alappuzha district of Kerala, aged 96, has completed an examination, now eligible for joining class IV equivalent. She appeared for an examination at the end of attending literacy classes under the programme of Kerala Lieracy Mission Authority. She scored the highest marks, 98 out of 100. The exam consists of three papers, reading, writing and Mathematics. She scored full marks in the first two.In Maths she got only 38 out of 40. Thus her total was 98 out of 100. This was the highest score and hence became the topper in the batch.
She was congratulated by everybody including the Cief Minister, who attended the function where she was felicitated and handed over the certificate in person.When she was asked what was her next plan, she said, "I want to complete the tenth standard and go for a job."
The idea for learning came to her at this late age when she saw her daughter (60) completed SSLC at a late age. Karthyayani Amma's husband had died fifty years back.
This has encouraged several illiterates in that area to attend literacy classes.