64-Year-Old Saudi Returns to School, Placed in 9th Grade With Daughter

64-Year-Old Saudi Returns to School, Placed in 9th Grade With Daughter
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Published January 4th, 2018 - 15:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Abdul Salam, a father of eight and a grandfather, said there was no shame at all in widening horizons and expanding education (Shutterstock/File)
Abdul Salam, a father of eight and a grandfather, said there was no shame at all in widening horizons and expanding education (Shutterstock/File)

A 64-year-old Saudi decided to go back to school to resume studies with the aim of obtaining a university degree.

Abdul Salam Al Abdullah said that he retired from Saudi oil giant Aramco four years ago and that he now wanted to study for a university degree in media.

Following assessment tests, Abdul Salam was placed in the ninth grade, the same level as one of his daughters.

"It is a good chance as my daughter and I study together," he said as he was interviewed by Al Ain TV, a Saudi education ministry channel. "I always seek her assistance whenever something is a bit difficult or too obscure to understand.

Abdul Salam, a father of eight and a grandfather, said there was no shame at all in widening horizons and expanding education.

While some media users supported his decision and applauded his courage to go back and sit at school desks and pursue his media dream, most commenters said he was wasting his time and energy.

"This is really great and he deserves our deep respects," a user posted. "However, he should appreciate that he should leave the field for young people who will be looking for a job and a source of income, since he already draws an honorable pension from Aramco."

Another user said that Abdul Salman should devote his time to deepening his knowledge about religion.

"He would receive our full respect and gratitude if he expanded his knowledge about religion and devoted himself to serving other people spiritually," he said. "Even if he receives a university degree and lands a job in the media sector, there is nothing new that he will contribute."

 

 

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