Return to school at 48

6th March 2009 at 00:00

It's one thing to want to try to recapture your lost youth, but would you really want to go through it all again? Xie Zuojin has no qualms, enrolling in a primary school at the age of 48.

The school had originally offered to provide Xie with books and a home tutor for private study, but she was having none of it, and instead has joined classmates a sixth of her age.

The Second Elementary School in Fengkou, in Fujian province in southeast China, agreed to provide a place in response to Xie's persistence.

Xie struggles with literacy and numeracy, and says it was making life difficult and costing business at the pharmacy she runs with her husband. She is so determined to gain the skills she missed out on as a child that she insists school is the best place for her to study.

Xie is taking Chinese and maths classes alongside eight and nine-year-old children, and says her classmates are happy to help out when she gets stuck.

Once she has mastered the basics, she says she wants to go on to study English and learn how to use a computer.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now