Kollam: 105-year-old Bageerathi Amma has become the oldest learner of the Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM) as she appeared for her fourth standard exams. She has six children and 16 grandchildren.

Bageerathi Amma hails from Kollam district's Parakulam. She had stopped studying at the age of nine, when she was in class 3, to take care of her younger siblings.

Her desire to continue her studies was fulfilled with the help of officials of the Literary Mission, who helped her realise her dreams. CK Pradeep Kumar, district co-ordinator of Kerala State Literary Mission said, "The exams commenced on Sunday and finished yesterday. She is a real motivation for others who want to learn."

The Kerala State Literacy Mission is an autonomous institution under the General Education Department, Government of Kerala. The program’s main aims are to develop literacy skills through education, to enable learners to make use of their learning in their daily life and to ensure secondary-level education to the whole of Kerala and provide opportunities to each and every one interested in learning. The main beneficiaries of this programme are illiterates, neo-literates, school dropouts and those interested in lifelong education.

With ANI inputs