Education Degrees for Mother and Daughter
It was a happy and memorable occasion for mother and daughter, Mrs Renita and Ms Arthi Maharaj, who graduated with a Master’s and Bachelor of Education degree, respectively.
‘I am so proud of my daughter’s accomplishment and we have supported each other throughout our studies,’ said UKZN staff member Renita. Arthi added, ‘My mother is my inspiration and I am so proud to be graduating at the same ceremony as her.’
Renita’s study focused on postgraduate students’ experiences of academic exclusion at a Higher Education Institution. She hopes that her research will shed light on this issue and add to the body of knowledge in this field.
‘At master’s level, support from family and friends was instrumental in achieving success. My husband and daughters assisted with proof reading and continuously encouraged me. I am extremely grateful to my supervisor, Professor Pholoho Morojele. He has successfully supervised both my husband and myself for our master’s degrees,’ said Renita.
Arthi is passionate about education and teaching, and hopes to instil the value of education in learners. She is currently pursuing her honours degree at UKZN and ascribes her success to her mother. ‘My mother has been my role model and she has inspired me to follow her example and continue with my studies.’
It was a challenging year for the Maharaj women, but they persevered and are now proud UKZN graduates. Renita advised other parents and students to ‘work consistently and strive for success in all aspects of life.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan