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Teacher sacrifices for adult students

Written By : WAISEA NASOKIA. Teaching adult students after their school days has long expired may sound unrealistic, but it is part and parcel of the job for some. Saleshni
02 Aug 2008 12:00

image Written By : WAISEA NASOKIA. Teaching adult students after their school days has long expired may sound unrealistic, but it is part and parcel of the job for some.
Saleshni Nand, a commerce teacher at Nabua Secondary School for the Matua school programme teaches many people who are her senior.
She teaches subjects such as Accounting and Economics from lower to higher forms.
“I do enjoy teaching students that enroll under the programme despite the age difference,” Mrs Nand said.
She spends a total of 12 hours teaching at the school.
“I teach at the secondary school from 8-4 o’clock then teach from 5-9 o’clock in the evening for the Matua programme.”
“As a teacher it is my duty and responsibility to teach students who enroll under the programme and I am proud to teach them,” she added.
The main objective of the Matua programme is to give a second chance to promising adult students who would excel in the education system whether at form four, six and seven.
“We are part of the institution giving them another chance to capture where they left off in the education system.”
“I dont have grudges against any one of them I simply sacrifice my time for their betterment.”
She said the students are matured and it is easy control and teach them.
The students are from different background – social, ethnic, religion and even age.
“Some are even older then me. Some are even younger but I would say that the age difference is not a problem,” she said.
The feedback she gets from the adult students exam marks are satisfactory or even better for some compared to her normal secondary classes.
“The results are good for my subject especially in Economics maybe because the students are adults and they have a better understanding of the subject than normal students,” she said.
Mrs Nand has been a teacher for the Matua programme for six consecutive years since it was established in 2003.
She is married to a teacher and has a son. Mrs Nand said she sacrifices a lot of her family time to teach adult students in the Matua programme.
“I sacrifice my time for those who want to have an opportunity to get a good secondary education the second time around,” she said.
“I know the programme itself is also of an inconvenience for adult students with families as they would be sacrificing their family time to be at school than with the family.”
Mrs Nand said therefore, students currently in schools today should manage their time wisely and ponder into the future.
“If you are a student do make better use of the present moment at school, work diligently, persevere and sacrifice,” she added.
The famous words of the first black South African president Nelson Mandela ring true for adult students taking up the Matua programme, that ‘Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation’. And he carries on that, ‘It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another’.
Mrs Nand is among the many that strive for the betterment of other beings.

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