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– Radhika Maheshwari

Each and every human is born with a right to be educated irrespective of his or her age. Study is a thing which can be done without no age limit independently.

Learning is a continuous process and the true learner always looks avenues to learn from anybody and everybody. There is no bar on learners age or the age of the teacher. A young child can teach you something which you may have not learnt till now. Similarly, every old and poor man can teach you something very important. There are many people in their 50’s and 60’s going back to college to earn their degree.

Similar is happening in India these days. While many recent stories came up of people starting their studies in their old age. While, a 55-year-old MLA from Udaipur, Phool Singh Meena, resumed his studies after 40 years and gave his first year BA exams on 17th July, 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma, who amongst 40,440 other people appeared for the literacy examination conducted by the Kerala State Literacy Mission on Sunday, 5 August.

“I had to give up studies after my father, who was in the army, died. I took to farming to take care of my family.” Phool Singh Meena quoted.

The BJP MLA had studied till Class 7 before dropping out of school, but decided to resume his studies after being encouraged by his daughters. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Meena said: My daughters reminded me that I interact with many people including senior officials, and leaders, so my education is important. But given my age, I was skeptical.

The MLA took lessons over WhatsApp while traveling from constituency to constituency for political work.

On the other hand, Karthyayani Amma took the examination at the Cheppad government LP school, Literacy mission. Driven by the urge to read and write, the nonagenarian from Alappuzha had enrolled herself in the state literacy mission’s ‘Aksharalaksham’ Programme, six months ago which aims to achieve 100 percent literacy in Kerala.

The oldest examinee of the state appeared for the exam at government lower primary school in Cheppad, and was tested on reading, writing and mathematics in the 100-mark paper.

When you proceed forward in life, you have to learn how to work, how to be a leader and so on… Finally, when your old, you have to learn how to use a walking stick and how to chew without teeth!

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