- At the age of 53, Shakoon Govender finally realised her dream if passing matric
- She managed to pass her matric with three distinctions
- The grandmother was forced to drop out of high school 37-years-ago, after her dad arranged a marriage for her
- Now, she plans on pursuing a career in education
When Shakoon Govender was only 16-years-old, her father forced her to drop out of high school and marry a man they picked for her.
Govender explained her dad, Nanda Sewpersad, was a very traditional man and he believed a girl did not need to learn more than writing her own name.
However, Govender was heartbroken because she excelled in school- according to IOL, she was praised by her teachers and fellow peers for her excellent academic record and sport achievements.
Despite having dreams of becoming a scientist or teacher, Govender obeyed her father and dropped out of school.
After dropping out of school, Govender started working at a clothing factory. While employed there, she went on to study towards a qualification in fashion design, where after she started her own dress-making business.
However, the academic in her still craved to finish high school. She said her friend, who also worked as a teacher, told her God would make a way after she expressed her desire to finish matric.
Two days later, Govender's neighbour told her about a matric programme run by the KZN Department of Education.
So, she enrolled in the programme and attended classes for two years every Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 6pm.
“I split my studies over two years. In 2017 I did Mathematics, Afrikaans and English. This year I focused on Religious Studies, Geography and Business Studies," she said.
The grandmother's determination paid off and she finally passed matric with flying colours. It was revealed the 53-year-old obtained three distinctions in her final exam.
According to a Twitter post by @Maleka_Moroane, Govender would now chase her dream of becoming a teacher.
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