Together with the rest of South Africa’s matriculants, Tania Februarie, a 35-year-old single mother from Delft, took to the exam benches this week.
Tania told IOL that she enrolled to complete her matric qualification so that she could inspire and motivate her son. He too was meant to complete his schooling career this year. Tragically, Jaden passed away suddenly in February after contracting a respiratory illness.
Tania told the publication that she fell pregnant with Jaden when she was just 17 years old and in matric herself. She was unable to complete the year as she had a newborn to care for. Completing her matric certificate is something she always aimed to do and felt that this year was the perfect time for her to achieve her dream. She said that when she told Jaden, he was very excited for her. Jaden was a pupil at Belhar High School. He was remembered and honoured at their valedictory ceremony this week, where Tania handed over the Jaden Februarie History Award.
The Cape Times reported that Februarie said, “Studies have been hectic, especially while
dealing with my grief. The subjects I am doing now are not what I had at school so everything is new. He would have been so proud.”