- A married couple, who both work as teachers, have graduated together
- John and Ntebaleng Lekoana both bagged their Honours degrees in Educational Management from Unisa’s College of Education (CEDU)
- The duo opened up about celebrating the achievements together
A couple that studies together, stays together. One husband and wife, John and Ntebaleng Lekoana, bagged their Honours degrees on the same day.
The duo both work as teachers in Limpopo and they decided to embark on the academic journey together.
The couple was quoted saying:
"We are husband and wife, we are friends, we are study-mates, we are educators, we teach the same subjects, we did the same Honours degrees and we are 2020 graduates. We are the Lekoanas."
On 1 June, John and Ntebaleng graduated simultaneously at home during the national lockdown. The hubby and wife bagged their BEd Honours in Educational Management from Unisa’s College of Education (CEDU).
The couple registered for their Honours degrees in 2018 but decided to do it over two years instead of one.
John, 45, was promoted to Head of Department (HoD) at Elandspoort High School the same year they decided to further their education and the couple were worried they would not be able to juggle five modules.
So, they did three modules in 2018 and the final two the following year. Although their journey took a year longer to complete, the couple enjoyed spending time together.
“Being on the same programme as a couple gave us an opportunity to spend time together and with the effort we put in our studies we knew we going to graduate together and believing in God worked magic."
She added that they were happy about graduating together, saying:
"If we say we are excited, it will be an understatement. We are over the moon.”
In their final year, Ntebaleng, 42, suffered personal loss when both her father and grandfather passed away.
She praised her husband for being by her side to support her during the difficult time but to still push her to finish what they had started.
"I thank my husband for the support he has shown me when I wanted to give up. As a matter of fact, I got distinctions in those modules,” Ntebaleng explains.
John and Ntebaleng had to juggle full-time jobs, a family and their studies but they worked out a system that helped them.
They woke up at 3am in the morning to study and would use Ntebaleng's empty classroom at Norkem Park High School over the weekends to revise their work.
Briefly.co.za learned the duo fell in love in 1999 when they were in matric at Thagaetala High School in Limpopo.
Ntebaleng said in 2001, John earned R350 a month working as a builder in a construction company based in Pretoria.
They wanted to get married and he paid R50 for her lobola. They tied the knot and have been happily married for 19 years with three beautiful children.
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