My desire to speak fluent English made me enrol in JSS2 – 50-year-old Kwara widow
A 50-year-old widow in Ilorin, Kwara State, Mrs Folashade Ajayi, recently caused a stir after enrolling as a Junior Secondary School 2 student at the Ilorin Grammar School. In this interview with TUNDE OYEKOLA, Ajayi explains the motive behind her move

What is your name?

My name is Folashade Ajayi. I am from Iludun-Oro in the Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. I live at Orelope Street, Odota Area, Ilorin.

Why did you decide to go to school at this age?

I have always loved to go to school but I did not have the opportunity (when I was young). Because of my love for education, I had earlier enrolled at the Government Agency for Mass Literacy where I obtained a certificate in adult education. I attended adult education class in 2017.  Then, I decided to further and that is why I am here today. I took the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination at Government High School, Adeta, Ilorin in 2017. I passed the examination and I was offered a Primary School Leaving Certificate.

Where did you attend the adult education class?

I attended the adult education class at Tailor’s Hall in Oko-Erin here in Ilorin.

Is it not tedious?

It is tedious but I am coping with it and God is helping me.

You are way older than all the students in this school. How are they relating with you?

The students have been very friendly and they have been helping me. Some of them have lent me their notes to copy the previous work they had done before my arrival in the school.

Are they not troubling you?

No, they are not because the Principal has talked to them.

Are you getting along with the teachers?

My teachers are very wonderful. They are very good and they are encouraging me.

Do you need any assistance from government or wealthy individuals so that you will be able to take care of your children properly and continue with your education?

Yes, I need assistance. Anybody that is blessed should come to my aid so that I can continue with my education and also take good care of my children and finance their education. I want them to go to the higher institution but as of now, I don’t have the resources to sponsor them.