Future students urged to make haste

2015-09-16 06:00
MDUDUZI MANANA, deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, addressing learners at the Goronyane Senior Secondary School in Thaba Nchu on Thursday (10/09).  
Jabulani Dlamini

MDUDUZI MANANA, deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, addressing learners at the Goronyane Senior Secondary School in Thaba Nchu on Thursday (10/09). Photos: Jabulani Dlamini

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A CAMPAIGN to encourage learners to apply early for tertiary studies was launched by Mduduzi Manana, deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, on Thursday (10/09) at the Goronyane Senior Secondary School in Selosesha, Thaba Nchu.

Manana addressed learners through the Apply now/Khetha career guidance campaign.

The campaign was born from the unfortunate incident at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in January 2012 in which Gloria Sekwena lost her life in a stampede while attempting to submit a late application with her son, Thabo.

With only 26 universities in South Africa and 6 000 schools, Manana said, not every child who wished to go to a university could be enrolled.

That was why he encouraged the learners to consider Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges as an alternative.

Among the exhibitors who were part of the campaign were the Motheo TVET, the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Manana said research had been conducted to find out why graduates were unemployed and it was discovered that they did not have the skills required by businesses, which are offered by TVET colleges.

From this information, a list with 100 occupations in demand was drafted by the department and will be made available to learners to guide them in making better career choices.

“Your parents have sent you to school in the hope that you will one day bring finacial relief to the family,” Manana said.

“It is time to break the cycle of poverty and we understand that they probably do not have the money for you to further your studies after gr. 12. This is where NSFAS comes in.”

Manana explained how the entire procedure worked. The Apply now/Khetha career guidance campaign has commenced and the learners have been supplied with all the relevant details and contact persons.

“Education is your greatest weapon. If you do not get an education, you will find yourself wandering through life aimlessly. Take the chance you have been given,” said Sello Malelu, principal.

Mapete Mothibe (19), a gr. 12 learner at the school, said Manana’s visit was very helpful, as it showed them the importance of planning ahead to avoid problems.

“We must start planning now to avoid having to apply to bogus colleges,” Mapete said

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