Gran defies barriers to win degree
5:00AM Monday April 28, 2008, click to view original By Martha McKenzie-Minifie
Maile Loloa can practice teaching with granddaughter Sepa. Photo / Glenn Jeffrey
In her class, Maile Loloa was almost 30 years older than her fellow students. But the grandmother of 11 didn’t let the age gap – or her lack of confidence in speaking publicly and writing in English – put her off.
She will graduate next month at age 67 from Manukau Institute of Technology with a bachelor of education, specialising in early childhood….
Mrs Loloa said the requirement for all teachers at most early childhood centres to have a degree or diploma by 2012 was one factor in her decision to go back to school. Manukau, where Mrs Loloa works, has low rates of participation in preschool and a shortage of trained teachers.