60-year-old man enrols in school in Nigeria (Photo)

60-year-old man enrols in school in Nigeria (Photo)

At 60, people are expected to retire from work. But a 60-year-old man in Nigeria is challenging the norm by enrolling in a Junior Secondary school (JSS).

The man, Adalabu Seribor, is now a JSS 2 student in Izon College, Bomadi-Overside in the Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

60-year-old man enrols in school in Nigeria (Photo)

Adalabu Seribor (middle) in school

 In an interview with Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper, Seribor said he opted to return to school because he felt sad being an illiterate in a world where everything revolved around education.

He said he also wanted to avoid a situation where people would have had to translate or write English for him if he decided to hold an office in his community.

Seribor said as a young boy, he was privileged to attend an elementary school when he was taken to Ekeremor community in Bayelsa to stay with a relation.

He said he, however, dropped out when he chose to return to Bomadi due to the strictness of his benefactor, a magistrate.

The 60-year-old said he never returned to school and that he had survived by doing menial jobs.

Now a truck pusher, Seribor says he combines work with schooling.

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He said after school hours, he goes to look for work, and he pays his school fees from the wages he earns.

"I am determined to complete my education because of the pains in my heart. I've come to realise that one cannot do well without education in this society.

"I am a JSS 2 student and by the grace of God, I will finish from this school,” he said.

Seribour said after secondary school, he would proceed to the teacher's training college to learn how to teach, stressing that all children must go to school.

"I want to teach and I advised young boys and girls wasting their time and years roaming the streets to go to school. If I can go to school at my age, then why are young people wasting their time and opportunity to acquire education?”

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According to the Vanguard report, Seribor's class teacher,  Edesemi Anesah, encouraged him to be determined

"He is the oldest student in the school and my advice to young people out there is to emulate him," he said.

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