- A 71-year-old madala is finally realising his dream of completing matric
- Matshidiso Masapo had to drop out of school during the previous regime because he needed to work
- However, decades later he pursued his dream of getting his matric certificate and it is only the start
Matshidiso Masapo, who hails from Botshabelo in the Free State, finally wrote his matric examination after he had to drop out of school in standard six decades ago.
Masapo finished his matric examination last month and he is confident that he would be holding his Grade 12 certificate after the results are released on 23 August.
The madala should have graduated in the 1960s, however, he had to drop out of school to look for a job.
Masapo never went back to school and soon had a family to look after. However, the Daily Sun reported the father of three never gave up on his academic dream.
“In 2007 I went back to school. I wrote my matric in June and I am expecting to pass,” he told the publication.
Masapo said he had to overcome several challenges - such as running his business while studying - but he stayed focus on his dream.
"I never had the opportunity to do it when I was younger. Now it is my turn,” he said.
Briefly.co.za gathered Masapo attended night school at Botshabelo Adult Centre while running his livestock business.
The madala excelled in his studies - getting distinctions for technology and life orientation. His lowest mark is 51% in mathematics.
Even though he obtained his dream of completing school, Masapo's academic journey is far from over.
"I want to further my studies by studying agriculture and I want to be a farmer and businessman,” he said.
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