Kozhikode: Mythili may be in the nervous nineties but she has struck a perfect century with confidence.
Mythili, 90, hailing from Kuriaty beach near Vadakara in Kozhikode district, has secured maximum marks in the ‘Akshara Sagaram’ exam which was conducted as part of the coastal literacy project.
The family members of the nonagenarian, including her children and grand-children, are on cloud nine and had recently travelled to Thiruvananthapuram to receive the certificate from State Education Minister C Raveendranath.
Close to 8,605 examinees cleared the examination which was held at 625 centres and six people, including Mythili, had scored 100 percent marks in the exam.
Mythili has two sons, who are fishermen, and one daughter, and her husband Govindan had passed away long ago. All her family members gave full support to Mythili in her studies.
Mythili rises early in the morning and asks her daughter-in law to read newspaper to her as she has a poor eye-sight owing to old age.
The 90-year-old woman washes clothes and fetches water and is very active in life. But now, her best friends are books.
Literacy inspector K V Omana, who is Mythili’s neighbour, took classes at the latter’s home considering her old age.
‘Akashara Sagaram’, a literacy programme for coastal areas, is being implemented by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority in the state.