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42,933 candidates clear Literacy Exam, 96-year-old Karthyayani becomes roaring hit in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 31 (UNI) About 42,933 candidates have cleared the literacy examination in Kerala, which constitutes a pass percentage of 99.084 per cent.
The candidates took the test under 'Aksharalaksham' literacy programme of Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA).
The oldest candidate Karthyayani Amma (96 years) of Cheppad village of Haripad in Alappuzha district scored 98 marks, out of 100.
The Certificate giving ceremony will be held in Secretariat on November 1.
The programme will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by presenting the Aksharlaksham certificate to Karthyani Amma.
In all, 43,330 candidates had attended the examination held across the state. Palakkad district has the highest number of pass candiates- 10866, followed by Thiruvananthapuram- 9412 and Malappuram-4065 respectively.
Among the 42,933 candidates who had cleared the exam, 8,215 candidates are from Scheduled Castes and 2,882 are from Scheduled Tribe communities.
The examinees were tested on skills including reading, writing and mathematics in the 100-mark paper. To pass the exam, one should secure at least nine marks out of 30 in reading, 12 out of 40 in writing and nine out of 30 in Mathematics.
"Karthiyani Amma Scored 38 in writing, 30 in reading and 30 in Mathematics'' respectively.
The nonagenarian has become the role model for thousands of people, including the Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra," Mission Director Dr P S Sreekala said.
Those who cleared the exam, can enrol 4th standard equivalency course of KSLMA.

The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority flagged off the 'Aksharalaksham' project on Republic Day this year in order to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the state.
In the first phase literacy, classes for 47,241 illiterates began as part of the project in wards, where the mission’s 2086 continuing learning centres were located.
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