52-year-old man becomes South Africa's oldest prisoner to complete secondary school

52-year-old man becomes South Africa's oldest prisoner to complete secondary school

- Abdullah Simelane is currently serving a 23-year sentence at Barberton prison

- He achieved an impressive bachelor pass in his matric

- He became the oldest prison inmate to complete secondary school in 2018

A 52-year-old man in Mpumalanga became the oldest prison inmate in the country to complete secondary school in 2018.

Abdullah Simelane is currently serving a 23-year sentence at Barberton prison for indecent assault, TimesLIVE reports. He was sentenced in 2015.

He also performed impressively well, notching up a bachelor pass. He was among 235 inmates countrywide who wrote their matric exams last year.

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Simelane was a teenager when he dropped out of school, Legit.ng learned. His family lacked resources for him to complete his schooling. He said:"If I had an opportunity to study back then, I don’t think I would have committed this crime."

The inmate now hopes to obtain funding so he can pursue a degree in political science.

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Simelane thanked the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) for its support for inmates.

He said: "I wouldn't have done it without the support of the department. The officials encourage us to study so that we can come out of prison as better people."

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According to DCS, inmates countrywide achieved a 77.3% matric pass rate in 2018. This was just two percentage points lower than the 79.42% national average.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a 70-year-old Nigerian grandpa was spotted writing his Joint Admissions Matriculation Board exam in Ondo state.

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Source: Legit.ng

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