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104-year-old woman learns to read and write






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A 104-year-old woman from Kerala, India passed a literacy test with a score of 89 per cent. Kuttiyamma learned to read and write last year. She studied for just a year and passed with flying colours. The education minister congratulated her and wished her "the best". He uploaded a photo of her grinning from ear to ear. Another person tweeted: "I salute Kuttiyamma for her dedication. It will inspire others for sure."

Kerala has India's highest literacy rate. It invests heavily in adult education. Kuttiyamma did not go to school. She has shown that age is just a number and we can do anything when we put our minds to it. Her tutor called her a "sharp" woman. A state official said: "Kuttiyamma is a role model and motivation to all women in adult education". Kuttiyamma will now write letters and continue studying to improve her skills.

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