Old­est Kaduna pupil, 63, talks about in­spi­ra­tion

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Mis­bahu Bashir

A 63-year-old man who re­cently en­rolled at a public pri­mary school in Kaduna State and be­lieved to be the old­est pupil in the state said he was inspired by Gover­nor Nasir El-Rufa’i’s free ed­u­ca­tion pledge.

Dan­juma Aliyu, pop­u­larly called Sarkin Lambu, got en­listed into the Kachia Pri­mary School, Kachia, as a Pri­mary One pupil. Aliyu, who at­tends lessons to­gether with his col­leagues mostly at the age bracket of his great grand­chil­dren, said “I want to read and write and ac­quire a univer­sity de­gree. The gover­nor promised to of­fer free ed­u­ca­tion at pri­mary and sec­ondary schools and that gave me much im­pe­tus to start school­ing at the age of 63 years. I hope to ac­com­plish my aim in life.”

Sarkin Lambu said his par­ents were against western ed­u­ca­tion and re­fused to send him and his sib­lings to school. “Our par­ents didn’t al­low us to go to schools when we were grow­ing up, to the ex­tent of in­struct­ing us to hide when­ever of­fi­cials of the na­tive au­thor­ity were look­ing for chil­dren of school age. If I had at­tended schools then, I would have con­trib­uted a lot to the so­ci­ety but I hope to do that still.”

Most of the schools in the ru­ral ar­eas in Kaduna State are fraught with de­cay­ing fa­cil­i­ties and lacked class­room fur­ni­ture thus; Sark­ing Lambu had to sit on the floor of the class­room to take lessons like other pupils. He was how­ever not frus­trated by the de­plorable con­di­tions and said he had made up his mind.

“The teach­ers de­cided that I start from class three but I in­sisted that I had to start from the be­gin­ning like my col­leagues.”

Sarkin Lambu has a wife, eight chil­dren and 10 grand­chil­dren.

Sarkin Lambu and other pupils in their class­room

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