- Khulekani Simelane is a 41-year-old taxi driver from KZN
- He passed his matric and is determined to become a teacher
- He thanked his school for giving him a chance to further his education despite being overaged
A determined 41-year-old taxi driver has finally matriculated years after dropping out and plans on becoming a teacher.
Khulekani Simelane, from KwaNongoma, is among the oldest 2018 matriculants in KwaZulu-Natal, The Mercury reports.
He approached his former school, Phumanyova High, three years ago and asked if he could complete his high school studies.
Briefly.co.za learned that the principal, Zibuse Ncala, was initially reluctant given Simelane's age. This meant he had to go against education department's policy on overage pupils.
After much discussion, however, he and his staff agreed to enrol Simelane in Grade 10. Simelane had convinced them that he wished to improve his and his kids lives.
Simelane found himself in class with pupils young enough to be his children. However, this didn't faze him and he performed well.
He has now achieved a Bachelor's pass in his matric and has already applied for a bursary to pursue his teaching qualifications.
A delighted Simelane thanked the school and its teachers for giving him a chance:
My teachers were much younger than me, but I respected them because they were giving me knowledge. I can’t thank them enough for the patience and support I received from them and the principal.
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