- A 40-year-old man from Phoenix took a brave step and went back to school, 25 years after dropping out at grade 11
- He admitted that he had bad habits and had sabotaged his life by not getting a matric
- After taking classes at a local school he took his matric and passed - getting 100% for Afrikaans
Manuel Naidoo. 40, took a chance and tried to get his matric - 25 years after dropping out of school. Not only did he nail his matric but bagged 100% for Afrikaans.
He was commended for his bravery and determination this week. He received a certificate and a laptop at a ceremony hosted by the Department of Education.
Briefly.co.za learned that Naidoo had ditched Rydal Park Secondary School at the beginning of grade 11. He revealed that he had a lot of bad habits that contributed to him dropping out.
“I used to truant from school and engage in bad habits like consuming alcohol. As a teenager I was stubborn and didn’t listen to anyone. I got into fights and got arrested a couple of times.
He regretted missing a lot of opportunities because he did not have a matric.
“I regret not completing. I wasted so many years of my life. I was never able to get a good job. The longest job I had was as a machine operator at a printing company where I worked for seven years. The rest were all casual jobs,” he said.
He had started taking night classes from 3-6 in the afternoon at Esselen Heights Primary School to prepare for his exams according to iol.co.za.
“I studied hard and knew I would get good results but was very surprised as I didn’t expect 100%.”
Many, including himself, had ever thought that he would return to school.
“I realised it was never too late and to never lose hope. Always believe in yourself. Don’t let people belittle you. When I was younger some people, even teachers, said I will not make it in life.
“Push yourself to give your best. Even if you fall on your face, like I did, pick yourself up,” said Naidoo.
He had a message for the youth of South Africa who did not achieve good results, he advised them to not lose hope and that they can always go back to school.
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