Mpumalanga’s teacher-under-a-tree finally gets his classroom

(Bushbuckridge) – Mpumalanga maths guru Jerry Mbowane was on Wednesday handed the classroom where he can finally share his passion with schoolchildren.

GOOD NEWS: Jerry Mbowane finally gets classroom for teaching academy.

Mbowane, 58, spent more than two decades giving afternoon maths and science classes under a tree in the yard of his family’s home in Thulamahashe.

“I have no words to describe the joy I feel today,” he said at the official handing over of the Caltex Academy of Maths and Science, at Zwide Primary School. It is within walking distance of Mbowane’s home.

“It’s good to know that there won’t be any worry for me and my kids about the change of weather at any given day. Now we have shelter and we have equipment to work with.”

Mbowane had been teaching about 70 pupils under his tree. In the mornings, he visited government schools around Bushbuckridge to teach.

He has managed to produce distinctions in both maths and science. He believes that if one has a light, they should let it shine on others.

Petrochemicals company Caltex provided Mbowane with a R150 000 sponsorship. This will provide him with a place to teach, and stationery.

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