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.
I got married. When I got married, I stopped my education but I always
wanted to return to school.
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.
together. I have a seat mate, Justina, who I disturb a lot to explain
topics that I do not understand to me.
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
with secondary school. I will know how to calculate money, talk to
customers and give them their change.
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.
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
the Government Secondary School, Gonin Gora, Kaduna State. I teach all
the pupils in the senior class mathematics.
was employed last year. She started JSS1 in the school. I am the class
teacher for her class; SS2 (Commercial).
authorities any questions when you saw a mature pupil like her in the
class you were meant to be its class teacher?
it. Most times, I tell other subject teachers to give her full attention
whenever they are in her class.
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.’
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.
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
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.
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.