Career expo opens pupils’ minds on Saps jobs

2019-02-05 06:20
Road safety officer Jean Carlo Ongansie explains to the learners how the Department of Transport and Public Works works together with the SAPS to maintain safety on the roads.PHOTOS: thabang kuaho

Road safety officer Jean Carlo Ongansie explains to the learners how the Department of Transport and Public Works works together with the SAPS to maintain safety on the roads.PHOTOS: thabang kuaho

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Grade 12 learners from Trafalgar Secondary School in Zonnebloem and Vista High School in Schotsche Kloof had the privilege of attending a career expo organised by the Central Police Station on Wednesday 30 January.

The expo was aimed at educating the learners about possible careers they can follow within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Captain Thembi Gwe of the provincial youth desk at the police said the expo was part of the back-to-school campaigns held annually.

“School learners usually have the idea that the SAPS is only about working at police stations and there is nothing else to it. There is more to it – a lot more opportunities are available within the SAPS,” she said.

She said the learners showed interest in the expo, which proves that they did not know there was more to the service than being a police officer.

She also mentioned that not a lot of young people enter the police force because salaries are assumed to be low, but that different levels within the force have different salaries.

“Just like any other career, the higher you go the higher you earn. Everybody starts somewhere and you just have to continue studying within the SAPS so that you can get promoted.”

Zackeer Menya, a Grade 12 learner at Vista High School, said he learnt a lot from the expo.

“I am happy that I came here – there is so much I did not know. If my first career choice does not go well, I will definitely consider joining the police force,” he said.

Trafalgar Secondary’s Life Orientation (LO) head of department, Roeshana Hendricks, said it was good that the expo was held so early in the year.

“Normally at this time of the year, learners do not know which career to take. [So] I hope that this will open their minds to start thinking about what career to pursue,” she said.

Abaasia Karriem, LO teacher at Vista High, said the expo was informative and helped a lot of learners who did not know about certain careers one can follow through the police force.

“I am proud of how responsive they were in the information they were being given. It shows that they take their future seriously.”

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