Class apart: 75-year-old woman sits exam

Class apart: 75-year-old woman sits exam
Updated 16 January 2014

Class apart: 75-year-old woman sits exam

Class apart: 75-year-old woman sits exam

She may be all of 75 years, but her spirit says never say die! Yes, a septuagenarian woman created a record of sorts by sitting for a test at the remote e-learning center in King Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, for the school year 1434–1435.
Umm Fahd took the level one test in a Nafl Center in Riyadh, surrounded by students from “various age groups,” who were obviously in awe of her.
The spirited lady created a flutter at the center, in keeping with its encouraging theme. “The dean’s office has a poster that says ‘There is always a chance.’ This prompted me to pursue my studies. You can study, however old you are. It’s great when you get a chance to fulfill your dream,” she said. “I would like to thank the rector of the university, who opened the doors for people like me to learn through distance education,” she said.
Muna Al-Khattabi, deputy dean for electronic remote learning, said she was very happy for students who, like Umm Fahd, are eager to learn regardless of their age.
“Her age did not stop her from pursuing her ambition. Thanks to electronic remote learning, persons from all walks of life now have the chance to go to college, regardless of their age, or their physical or psychological condition,” she said.