Young matriculant mom hopes to teach future generations

2016-01-06 16:40
Shaeekah Abrahams. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Shaeekah Abrahams. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Having a 3-year-old daughter did not prevent Shaeekah Abrahams from passing matric and moving closer to her dream of becoming a teacher.

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The 18-year-old Gardens Commercial High School pupil from Woodstock beamed as she found out on Wednesday that she had got an A for Life Orientation and a B for Maths Literacy.

Her daughter Isra was at her side to celebrate, but seemed more interested in the acorns lying in the neighbouring Company’s Garden.

"She knows it’s my last day coming to school. She said she wants to be 18 so she can also be done with school," Abrahams said with a laugh.

When she first found out she was pregnant, she thought she would not be able to handle having a child while still being a pupil. Her thoughts turned to night school.

"But with all the support I had, it went smoothly. She [Isra] was a pleasant experience."

Studying for her last exams was no exception.

"She had a routine and by 19:00 she would sleep and I would study. It also helped that she was in crèche this year. It meant I had the whole day for myself."

Her parents also helped out with childcare.

Abrahams said a student teacher told her about the Funza Lushaka bursary. It offered eligible students the chance to qualify as a teacher and work back the same amount of time in a public school.

Abrahams, who rocked a teacher’s baby in her arms as she spoke, said teaching was her passion.

"I always used to play teacher-teacher with my cousins. Now I hope to qualify as a foundation phase teacher."

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