Karthyani Amma, 96, is a few minutes away from receiving her first certificate of merit in her life. She is on the way to Thiruvananthpauram from her home town of Cheppad in Alappuzha district to have the Aksharalaksham literacy certificate from Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, in the capital. In the equivalency examination, here score was a whopping 98 on 100! That is Karthyani Amma for you. The Kerala State literacy mission conducts equivalency examination in different grades for people who could not get proper schooling.
The results were out yesterday, but the big number does not satiate her by any means. Her teacher, daughters, and grand children are wondering what to say when Karthyani Amma is asking for the two marks that have disappeared. “She lost those marks for mathematics,” granddaughter Sajitha Manikandan, a Hindi teacher says. The qualifying Class IV examination held by the Kerala Literacy Mission Authority in August under the ‘Aksharalaksham’ (Million Letter) programme.