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2012-02-10 08:36

PARKING LOT MATHS: Former car guard Ogadi (not pictured here) would often explain mathematical equations to shoppers.

Johannesburg - A Congolese car guard, who is also a qualified maths teacher, has been given an assistant teacher's post at the Sunward Park High School in Boksburg.

Fernando Brice Olivier Ogadi left the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 to escape political upheaval and came to South Africa.

Ogadi, a passionate maths teacher, worked as a car guard in the parking lot of the Zomerlust Spar in Paarl, Beeld newspaper reported.

He put up a rudimentary blackboard and would enthusiastically explain mathematical equations to any shoppers who cared to listen. He was featured on the kykNET programme Kwêla, which was seen by Sunward Park headmistress Ansie Peens.

Peens said: "If somebody is so passionate about something that he's prepared to leave his country for it, he deserves to be helped.

"Not everybody has the ability to explain maths, but his method is quite unique," she said.

Ogadi started his new job on February 6, 2012, and has been given accommodation in the boarding school, where he offers extra classes and tuition in the afternoons.

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