NPO assists matric pupils

2018-07-06 06:00
Matrics with application forms that were delivered by Nokhuthala Dlamini, an NPO founder (left).PHOTO: siphelele nketo

Matrics with application forms that were delivered by Nokhuthala Dlamini, an NPO founder (left).PHOTO: siphelele nketo

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MATRICS from Harry Gwala District were overwhelmed when the founder of a NPO, Simama for Career and Professional Development, Nokhuthala Dlamini handed over application forms for them to pursue their university studies this week.

Dlamini handed over 238 application forms to pupils who attended winter classes at Mount Currie Secondary in Kokstad on Monday. She also delivered 300 forms to Carl Malcomess High matrics on the same day.

Matrics from different schools in Harry Gwala received extra tuition at Mount Currie Secondary. Among the pupils was Ntlahla Ngcobo from Ndabisekhaya School in Bulwer who wanted to become a lawyer.

Ntlahla said he wanted to pass with flying colours at the end of the year so as to be able to reach his dream. He said he was delighted to receive an application form.

“I am happy to form part of the winter classes and I want to study hard to get good results. I received an application form and I will apply to reach my goal of studying medicine next year,” said Bongeka Ndlovu (18) from Dingizwe High in Ixopo.

Pupils were given booklets to choose careers, National Student Financial Aid Scheme and application forms. “I want pupils to take this opportunity to apply so they will not have to stand in queues to get application forms next year. The NPO was established in 2016 to assist pupils in applying at tertiary institutions on time, so that they not to be turned away because of late applications,” said Dlamini.

Last year, she helped a number of young people in Kokstad and surrounding areas to get into universities and other institutions.

“I visited a number of universities to get application forms and I even help pupils to complete the forms and to send them back to universities. I also work with companies to get bursaries and learnership programmes for unemployed young people,” said Dlamini, who worked as a teacher.

She told the Fever that her house has changed into an office where she keeps application forms and computers to assist young people in reaching their goals.

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