- A 69-year-old South African woman graduates with PhD in education
- Though she had tough childhood, she was determined to succeed in life
- Pursuing PhD and becoming a doctor of education was her personal goal
A 69-year-old South African woman graduates with PhD and becomes doctor of education, thus fulfilling both her personal goal and childhood dream.
Dr Lulama Ngalo-Morrison spent five years pursuing her PhD from UWC and nothing – not even her age – was going to stop her from getting it.
“I always wanted to do this. It was a personal goal which I was not going to give up on despite my age,” she says.
For Ngalo-Morrison, acquiring the highest level of education was more than just an accomplishment of a personal goal. It was also a fulfillment of her passion.
Her PhD thesis was actually based on the ‘factors that influence academic attainment of financially sponsored South African students in higher education’.
“I was interested in finding out how students who come from poor backgrounds and received funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme or bursaries were coping in higher education institutions,” she says.
She made a case for the disadvantaged South African university students and offered various ways of mitigating the challenges they faced and how higher learning institutions could support them.
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