Ma Xiuxian, Aged 102, Shows You’re Never Too Old to Learn

Ma Xiuxian spent March 31 among first-graders in a Shandong province school and called the day “quite satisfying,” according to Sky News. The mother of nine never had a chance to attend school as child. Born in 1908, Ma started working in a cotton mill at age 13 and married at 18.

New primary-school pupil Ma Xiuxian, aged 102, has proven you're never too old to learn after becoming the world's oldest first-year pupil. Photo: Metro / Creative Commons

A 102-year-old Chinese grandmother, Ma Xiuxian, proved it’s never too late to go to school, according to Sky News. Ma Xiuxian spent March 31 among first-graders in a Shandong province school and called the day “quite satisfying.”

The mother of nine never had a chance to attend school as child. Born in 1908, Ma started working in a cotton mill at age 13 and married at 18. Her youngest son said his mother always wanted to attend school. In February, Ma revealed her dream during an interview with a newspaper in Jinan. The Weisan Road Primary School contacted her and offered to make her dream come true.

During class, Ma used a hearing aid and magnifying glass to follow the lessons and the read textbooks. At the end of her first day, she reportedly thanked her teacher and classmates, promising to study hard and make her contribution to the country.

According to the China Daily, Ma Xiuxian also added: “From now on I will study from textbooks. I really envy children nowadays.” [via Metro (UK) and Sky News]

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