Anchalumoodu: Age was never a deterrent for the 104-year-old student of Thrikkaruva who is busy preparing to take the Class IV equivalency exam of the State Literacy Mission's continuing education programme.
Bhageerathy Amma of Prakkulam has enrolled for the Class IV equivalency course at the Vanmala Vidyakendra of Thrikkaruva panchayat, thus becoming the state's oldest student to register for State Literacy Mission's programme. The grand old lady has undertaken the mission to learn with a massive family support of her six daughters, grand children and great grandchildren.
Literacy Mission key resource person K B Vasanthkumar, Saksharata prerak S N Sherly will be assisting the elderly student in her studies. They will be giving her home tuitions. Unlike her peers, Bhageerathy Amma, however, has no reading or hearing issues. But she may have to take the help of a scribe to write the exams owing to her difficulty in holding the pen intact, said relatives.
Thrikkaruva panchayat president K Chandrasekharan Pillai had come to take the first class for Bhageerathy Amma the other day. Panchayat members Sudhamani and Nandini, members of State Literacy Mission, and Bhageerathy's children and grand children all watched in awe as a studious Bhageerathy Amma picked up her lessons. Towards the end, the student had one last doubt: “Is it ok if I watch TV serials during my studies?”; and the whole house was reduced to fits of laughter.