UKZN’s oldest student graduates

2017-04-19 06:02
Musawenkosi Mpungose graduated with a National Professional Diploma in Education from UKZN.PHOTO: supplied

Musawenkosi Mpungose graduated with a National Professional Diploma in Education from UKZN.PHOTO: supplied

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HIS face beamed with pride and a smile crossed his face as he was called onto the stage at a recent UKZN graduation ceremony at the University’s Westville campus.

At that moment 63-year-old Musawenkosi Mpungose realised his dream of graduating with a National Professional Diploma in Education had come true.

Mpungose had been the oldest in his class, but that did not deter him, instead it spurred him on.

His journey to graduation was not easy. He enrolled for the three-year diploma in 2008, but financial constraints forced him to put his studies on hold.

“I repeated some of my modules due to financial difficulties and therefore it took me many years to finish, but that didn’t discourage me, it instead pushed me to work hard. And even though I was the oldest in class, I realised that age does not matter.”

He explained that while he was initially daunted by the presence of younger students in class, he later realised he could use their experiences, and vice versa.

“Being at university really changes your view about the things around you. You gain knowledge and meet different people who also make a meaningful contribution in your life.”

Mpungose is a Grade 6 teacher at St Cyprian Senior Secondary School, where he teaches English, technology, life skills, natural sciences and Zulu.

“I love working with children, helping them see the potential in themselves and encouraging them to make education their first priority.”

He thanked his family and friends for their encouragement and support.

“I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me, without their support I wasn’t going to make it, but their words of wisdom and motivation kept me going.”

He advised students, especially mature students, to never be discouraged.

“Be career driven so you achieve your goals in life,” he said.

- Supplied.

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