Back to school fever hit Mzansi yesterday which saw some kids excited to be reunited with classmates and friends while others cried wishing to extend the holidays. It wasn’t a good day across the nation after a taxi killed four students in an accident in Ntuzuma, near Durban.
While other parents thronged Ministry of Education offices for placement of their kids, it wasn’t the same at a local school in GaMabitsela in Polokwane when a 67year old madala was enrolled into 6th grade.
The 67 year old known as Manyapje reveals that his decision to attend school was inspired by his 8 year old granddaughter who could read newspapers for him.
“The decision to acquire basic education was inspired by by granddaughter, she enjoys reading newspapers to me when we are together but she always throw the newspapers down when her friends arrives to play..(you must learn to read for yourself) she always says. I discussed this decision with my family and also the councilor encouraged me and offered to pay my school fees. My church members donated school uniforms and stationery. This has to be an example to all children who gave up on school to take drugs.. Time is still on anyone’s side to acquire education. I can’t get employed after writing matric, i want to acquire knowledge to inspire others and improve my basic knowledge base.
The school head pledges to offer maximum support to ensure Manyapje’s dream comes true.