Rabat- An elderly Moroccan has shown that it is never too late to finish school after he earned his Baccalaureate in the June exams.
The 69-year-old, named Lahcen Chakiri, passed with a mark of 11.26. With help and support from teachers at Youssef Ibn Tachfine high school and Boumalene Dades high school, Chakiri was able to pass the rigorous test.
Chakiri was forced to drop out of the Boumalene Dades high school in 1967. He returned to the same school this year to pass the Baccalaureate.
Chakiri is from the village of M’Semrir, 440 kilometers southeast of Casablanca in the High Atlas, and he worked in the mines for years before finally being able to continue his studies again.
Chakiri has gained considerable attention on social media for his determined spirit. He said he hopes “to inspire young and rising generations to work and persevere to achieve their goals.”
He will continue to further his education and plans to attend a university in the city of Errachidia. It seems likely that he will also continue to be a positive influence for generations to come as he shows that education is for all ages.