Age is just a number, 80 year old woman starts her primary level

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Like it is always said that the fruits of education are sweet, this connotation has been believed by the 80-year-old woman who has left many suprised and nodding their heads as she enrolled for Primary One at Jesus is King Nursery and Primary School in Bugandalo Village, Ibulanku Sub-county in Bugweri District, with an aim of becoming a teacher.

Ms Maria Obonyo, a farmer, on Monday said after enduring a lot of ‘suffering and ridicule’, she decided to go to school to learn how to speak and write in English.

“I decided to enrol at the school because I lost all my relatives and there was nobody to take care of me. I am determined to study until I graduate from Makerere University as a teacher,” she said.

Should Ms Obonyo complete her school cycle, she will be 96 by then.

Ms Obonyo, however, says she currently faces a myriad of challenges, notably being unable to meet her school fees amounting to Shs35,000 per term.

“I also need a better structure to sleep in because I am currently staying with the village LC1 chairman, Mr Twaha Magero,” she says.

The question remains whether she will be able to complete her intended education level given the Uganda’s life span.

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