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61-yer-old woman shows its never too late to learn as she returns to secondary school (Photos)

Sixty-one-year-old grandma, Mrs. Helen Odeba, tells GBENGA ADENIJI why she decided to attend secondary school at her age

Which state are you from?
I am from Kogi State.
How many children do you have?
I have nine children; four girls and five boys. Some of them have married.  I have seven grandchildren.
Did any of your children go to higher institution?
Yes, some of them did. My eldest son and one of my female children studied at the Kaduna Polytechnic. They obtained diplomas there. One of my sons is a corps member. He studied at the Kogi State University. Another female child is currently at the Plateau State Polytechnic.
Have you ever attended any school?
Yes, I finished primary education before I got married. When I got married, I stopped my education but I always wanted to return to school.
What have you been doing since you got married?
I have been a housewife.
Why did you decide to return to secondary school at your age?
I want to learn new things. I miss my years in primary school as a child when I learnt many things. I felt that I could learn more now that I have given birth to children. I am now able to concentrate on the future. This made me enrol at the Government Secondary School, Gonin Gora, Kaduna State. I started from the junior class.
What class are you?
I am in senior secondary two; commercial class.
Did your husband and children support your decision to return to school?
They did when I told them it was what I desired to do.
What does your husband do?
He works as a security man at the Kaduna Polytechnic.
How do you relate with your classmates?
We relate well. We joke, chat and study together. I have a seat mate, Justina, who I disturb a lot to explain topics that I do not understand to me.
Which subjects do you like most?
I like Mathematics and English. I always perform better in the two subjects than I do in others.
How do you feel learning with younger classmates?
I always feel happy. It is fun learning with them. There is no shame since I know why I returned to school.
How do you combine taking care of your home and studying?
I try to plan everything well. I cook and take care of the home on time. I also find time to read what I learn in school daily. There is no day I do not revise what I was taught in school.
What do you intend to do with the secondary school result?
I want to open a shop after I finish with secondary school. I will know how to calculate money, talk to customers and give them their change.
Do you intend to go to university after your secondary education?
I am not sure that I want to do that.
What do your friends tell you?
Many of them do not support me. They keep telling me that I am wasting my time going to school at my age. I do not think I am wasting my time. I think I am doing what is right because no one is too old to learn. I wish they could join me to learn.
How do your classmates address you?
Everyone in the school calls me, ‘mama’ including my teacher. I only smile because I know it is a way of showing me respect. I respect all of them too.
What are some of the challenges you are facing as an adult pupil?
I take care of the home apart from going to school. Most times, I find it hard to cope. Also, I attend school regularly but sometimes, I may not have transport fare to go to school. There are also times that I do not understand some of the things that a teacher is teaching. I always try to meet my mates to teach me or meet the teacher to explain. The teachers are nice. They give me attention whenever I ask questions.

Mama is eager to learn — Class teacher

What is your name?
I am Saifullahi Adamu Bawa.
What do you do?
I am a mathematics teacher. I teach at the Government Secondary School, Gonin Gora, Kaduna State. I teach all the pupils in the senior class mathematics.
In your class, you have a 61-year-old pupil, how did she become one of your pupils?
She was in the school before I came. I was employed last year. She started JSS1 in the school. I am the class teacher for her class; SS2 (Commercial).
Did you ask the school authorities any questions when you saw a mature pupil like her in the class you were meant to be its class teacher?
No. I was just amazed. I really liked it. Most times, I tell other subject teachers to give her full attention whenever they are in her class.
What can you say about her?
What I can say about her is that she is coping very well despite her age. She always disturbs her seat mate to learn new things or for her to explain anything she does not understand to her. She wants to know it all. She never comes late to school. She is very respectful. In fact, she calls me ‘sir ‘ or sometimes ‘uncle.’
What do you find most interesting about her as a pupil despite her age?
It is her zeal and passion to learn. She is very committed to learning. She is really inquisitive.
What experience did you have with her while teaching her class that remains memorable?
mama-and-teacherShe is always attentive. She has never for once offended me or anyone in the school to the best of my knowledge. The passion to learn is there. Teaching a class with a grandma, I have also learnt to maintain my dignity. There were times she would ask questions out of context. In those moments, I would say, ‘mama, please meet me in the staff room.’ But she would plead and tell me not to be offended.
Is she popular in the school?
Everyone in the school knows her.
What is her performance like in class assignments and tests?
It is below average but better than how I met her.
For how many months have you been teaching her?
I have taught her class for three terms; a session.
How has her presence motivated other younger pupils to learn?
It has made most of her classmates and schoolmates not to score low marks. There is a competition to do better because it is a motivation seeing a grandmother performing better than young pupils. Besides, most of her classmates get jealous when she scores a mark higher than theirs. Hence, no one wants to be below her in the class.
Did she tell you why she wants to complete secondary education?
Yes, she told me that she would open a shop after the completion of her secondary education. She wants to know how to communicate with her customers, be courteous to them and how to calculate money well.
Do you think she is doing enough academically to achieve the goals?
Yes, like I said earlier, she is trying hard. But I think she needs to work harder. I tried to convince her to proceed beyond secondary education but she refused. She said she would stop after the completion of secondary education.
What do you think are some of her challenges?
I think part of it is lack of motivation from those close to her. We try our best in the school to motivate and encourage her.
Has any of her children ever visited her in school?
I have never seen any of them since I joined the school.
How do her classmates relate with her?
They relate with her as a grandmother, mother and classmate. They play and joke about many things together.
How does she react when she gets a low mark?
She feels bad.

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.

 

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
 
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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