Kerala’s oldest learner Bhageerathi Amma, who handed the literacy examination on the age of 105 two years in the past and received the reward of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, died in Kollam, household sources stated.
She was 107 years previous and breathed her final late on Thursday evening at her home as a result of age-related illnesses, they stated.
Hailing from Prakkulam in Kollam district, the centenarian was a recipient of the celebrated Nari Shakti Puraskar by the central authorities for her distinctive contribution in direction of girls’s empowerment.
She had scripted historical past by changing into the oldest scholar by clearing the fourth commonplace equivalency examination carried out by the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM) in 2019.
The lady had appeared for the examination, carried out by the state literacy mission, at Kollam and got here out with flying colors with 205 out of a complete of 275 marks and full marks in maths.
KSLM sources stated as a result of her superior age, Bhageerathi Amma had problem in writing the exams and took three days to finish the three query papers on atmosphere, arithmetic and Malayalam.
The lady, who had at all times yearned to check and achieve data, had to surrender her dream of teaching herself after her mom died as she needed to handle her youthful siblings.
Bhageerathi Amma had stop formal training in school three on the age of 9.
Her ardour for research had received accolades from none aside from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While narrating the story of Bhagirathi Amma, PM Modi had stated in his radio tackle final 12 months that, “If we wish to progress in life, we should develop ourselves, if we wish to achieve something in life, the first pre-condition for that is the student within us must never die.”
She left with out fulfilling the dream of passing the tenth commonplace equivalency examination, household sources stated.
Bhageerathi Amma has 12 grand and great-grandchildren. One of her six kids and three of her 15
grandchildren aren’t any extra, they added.
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