- A teen mom gave birth in 2018 but matriculated in the same year
- The baby’s father was her classmate and he matriculated as well
- The young couple credit their graduation to the support of their parents and will take turns to study this year
Waseema de Jager was one of the bright sparks at Crestway Senior Secondary School in Cape Town.
However, she fell pregnant in 2017 while in grade 11.
Her parents were extremely disappointed when she broke the news to them.
De Jager’s teachers and principal were in shock as well due to her being a top student.
A challenging 2018 loomed with the birth of her son but she was determined to soldier on and continue with matric.
Incredibly, she gave birth in April, went back to school in May and managed to pass the June and final exams.
Her boyfriend and the baby’s father, Abid Taliep, was her classmate and he matriculated as well.
TimesLIVE reported that De Jager battled added challenges in 2018 as her father suffered a mild heart attack and Taliep tragically lost his father.
De Jager said, "I knew that my success would also be my son’s success.” She is also quick to credit the support of her parents and Taliep for her graduation.
Briefly.co.za understands the couple plan to further their education this year by alternating their studies.
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