The Moving Tale Of A 63-Year-Old School Owner Who Goes To Class For The First Time

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Mzee Kazungu Kateke, a 63-year-old man who established a school in Ganze but was not allowed to be in the management committee because he was uneducated, has returned to school.

Mzee Kazungu Kateke decided to go back to shool despite his age because he didn’t want his dream of being a teacher to die off.

He also hopes to go back to Kimbule Primary School, which he founded, to sit on the committee when he’s done with school.

Mzee Kateke enrolled at Ganze Primary School as a private candidate but was placed in class three so that he can learn to read and write.

His plans is to sit for his KCPE exam as a private candidate this year but since he can’t even read, it was decided he joins standard three.

Mzee Kateke founded Kimbule Primary School in Ganze in 2001. The then Kimbule Nursery School was  later taken over by the government. Built on community land, the government converted it to primary school.

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Speaking in tears,  he said:

“The Kimbule Primary School you see today is my brainchild. I started is as a nursery school in 2001 until it was taken over by the government. When I requested to serve in the committee, I was rejected because of illiteracy.”

“I have done a lot of things for the community in Kimbule. I started a school, a cassava processing project, a goat milk project and many more. I did this for the love of my village but some locals are ungrateful and are fighting me.”



Mzee Kazungu Kateke

He said being exempted from the committee of a school he set up humiliates him.

In an interview, the father of seven revealed that pupils were scared of him when he first started school in May. They didn’t want to associate with him but things are just fine now.

Before the bold move, Mzee Kazungu Kateke said he was suffering in silence. This he says was  because he could not read messages from his cell phone and even if someone had sent him some money, he could not know what had been sent.

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Hear him:

“It was very tough. I was eager to get education because I was missing something in my life. Early this year, I told my wife that time was up for me to return to school. She accepted and in May I came here. My dream is to be a teacher.”

Ganze Primary school head Anderson Kahindi said he was first shocked to see the old man coming to school but allowed him after listening to his story.

Ganze education officer said they agreed that he sits and learns with the standard three pupils although he is sitting for this year’s KCPE, said Mr Kahindi.

One of the seven children of Mzee Kazungu Kateke completed secondary school in 2006. Three others are still in secondary school. Another son did not go to school.