Alappuzha: Kerala's literacy star Karthyayani Amma is now a step closer to her dream of learning computer. The 97-year-old, who recently secured a first rank in the government's 'Aksharalaksham' state literacy examinations, was gifted a laptop by none other than Education Minister C Raveendranath on Wednesday.
The minister chose the precious gift as Karthyayani Amma has been persistently expressing her ambition to learn computer to everyone she met since her big win at the literacy test. She has also expressed her wish to clear the SSLC equivalent examination. The education minister visited Karthyayani Amma here at her residence at a 'Laksham veedu' colony in Harippad on Wednesday and gifted her the laptop after a brief chat with her.
An excited Karthyayani Amma asked the minister to switch on the device so that she could type something. When the minister opened a fresh Word Document, Karthyayani Amma typed her name by exploring the keyboard and pressing the keys carefully with her point finger, one after the other.
"See, I can spell my name in English now," Amma told a surprised minister with sheer delight. She also expressed her wish of attending SSLC equivalent examination next year itself.
Director of Public Instruction KV Mohankumar and State Institute of Educational Technology director Aburaj also accompanied the minister.
Karthyayani Amma scored 98 marks out of 100 in the class 4 equivalent examination recently. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan honoured her in a ceremony held at state secretariat on November 1 while Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA) goodwill ambassador Manju Warrier visited her on November 4 to congratulate her on her success.