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2018-09-20 06:00
Zubenathi Voyi was assisted by Abulele Maxakana in applying for a course at College of Cape Town. PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

Zubenathi Voyi was assisted by Abulele Maxakana in applying for a course at College of Cape Town. PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

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Young people hoping to further their studies at tertiary institutions next year were given a chance to glean valuable information when a career exhibition was hosted at Lwandle Migrant Museum on Saturday 15 September.

A host of tertiary institutions from across the province exhibited at the event, while representatives of provincial government also presented hopefuls with bursary opportunities should they be accepted at the various institutions next year.

Nineteen-year-old Zubenathi Voyi, who is in a gap year after completing her matric, jumped at the opportunity to learn more about what’s on offer. “I applied for a bursary, because I already applied at a tertiary institution. I am still awaiting for feedback on whether I have been accepted,” she said.

For Cingelwa Kelemfana the information shared on the day was valuable, as she is not certain where she should apply to further her education.

“I am looking for a place to study,” she said. “People seem to look down on colleges, but today the difference between a university and college was explained to me, as well how both forms of institutions have a role to play in shaping futures.”

Arthur Ketile of False Bay College urged prospective students to apply for tertiary education as soon as possible, as most people seem to leave this important step until the last minute. “I recall a tragic incident when a mother died while standing in a queue, waiting to enrol her child,” he said. “To avoid another incident like this, people need to apply early.

“I get excited when I am invited to such expos, where information about tertiary institutions is shared with communities, bea lot of valuable information that can help youths in their quest to better themselves.”

Ketile further said the opportunities for furthering one’s education today are countless as several bursaries are on offer – something that was unheard of during his days as a student.

On the day, the exhibitors also provided prospective students with career choice assessments to help them decide on their field of study.

Abulele Maxakana, a student recruitment officer at the College of Cape Town, said the assessment is critical in avoiding wrong career choices.

“After the assessment, we suggest the suitable career for a person,” she explained. “Colleges also offer pre-matric courses for those who did not complete Grade 12.”

“We work with various organisations and companies to guarantee students a job placement for the duration of their study. This helps you to graduate with experience.”

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