Never too late to learn: Indian woman, 104, scores 89 out of 100 in Kerala state education exam

A beaming centenarian has given yet another reason to the Kerala government to brag about its famed literacy endeavors in a state that has over 96 per cent literacy, India's highest

Nov 15, 2021
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Indian woman, 104, scores 89 out of 100 in Kerala state education exam (Photo: Twitter)

A beaming centenarian has given yet another reason to the Kerala government to brag about its famed literacy endeavors in a state that has over 96 per cent literacy, India's highest. Vasudevan Sivankutty, Kerala's Education Minister, posted a picture of 104-year-old Kuttiyamma on social media after she scored well in an exam conducted by the state government's continuing education initiative.  

"104-year-old Kuttiyamma from Kottayam has scored 89/100 in the Kerala State Literacy Mission's test. Age is no barrier to enter the world of knowledge. With utmost respect and love, I wish Kuttiyamma and all other new learners the best," Sivankutty tweeted, along with the picture of a visibly ecstatic Kuttiyamma.

The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority is funded by the state government and aims to promote literacy, continuing education and lifelong learning for all citizens. 

The country's only Communist-run state was the best-governed State while Uttar Pradesh ranked last in governance in 2019 among large states, according to the Public Affairs Index 2020 report quoted in The Hindu newspaper. (SAM)