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Durban – It is going to be a family affair when a mother and her two daughters graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dorah Mutula, 51, and daughters Barbara and Katie are graduating days apart - all with master's degrees in their respective fields.

Dorah is expected to graduate on Monday with her master's degree in adult education.

Barbara, 28 graduated on Tuesday with a master's in educational psychology while her sister, Katie, 26 is expected to graduate with a master's in economics on Thursday.

Barbara's fiancé, Martin Kabange, also graduated with a master's in economics degree this week.

Mutula said she was proud to have graduated with her daughters, who pushed her to work hard.

"There is no age when it comes to learning. My daughters really encouraged me, especially Barbara. She was my tutor, she also edited my work and just made things easier when it got hard.

"She helped me find the necessary articles and this was really a blessing. Katie prayed with me which kept my faith and all these things helped me enormously in my studies," she said.

Barbara, Dorah and Katie Mutula (Supplied to News24)

Born and raised in Kenya, Mutula said she was one of eight children. Her parents were uneducated and she depended on relatives to assist her with her education.

"My uncle paid for my primary school and one of my brothers paid for my high school."

Mutula said her family lived in Botswana where she was a school principal for 12 years until her husband received a job at the university.

"He came here in 2011 but I had to finish my contract so I only joined him in 2012.  I registered to do my honours in education and development in 2013. Then in 2014, I enrolled in master's."

She said it was difficult to juggle her studies with being a wife and mother.

"The trick is… to do most of the work late at night. Prepare dinner early, chit chat and when they go to bed, start working. Or sleep early and wake up early."

'You are never too old'

She said she was proud of her achievements because her parents were uneducated.

"I think I am an example that you can always go back to school. You are never too old. If you tell yourself that this is what you want, then go for it. You can do it."

Mutula said she plans to continue with her doctorate.

"I really want to major in education because I want to see the implementation of policies in education… My biggest concern is that there are a lot of girls dropping out of school at a young age, they need to be given a chance to get an education because education is everything."

Mutula thanked her husband Professor Stephen Mutula, who is Dean of UKZN's School of Social Sciences, and her daughters for their support.

Daughter Barbara said, "Congratulations to my family. We finally made it. Supporting and encouraging each other as a family through our ups and downs has paid off remarkably and now we are all graduating with master's degrees."

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