Helping learners on the right path

2018-06-05 06:00
Some of the participants with ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander, City official Johan Appels and the FET college representitives. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Some of the participants with ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander, City official Johan Appels and the FET college representitives. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Getting learners to make the right choices earlier in their schooling is at the centre of an initiative launched by a local councillor­.

Grade 9 learners from all over Mitchell’s Plain attended a career workshop arranged by ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander at Beaconhill High School on Saturday.

Philander says a lot of emphasis is put on Grade 12 learners while Grade 9 is where career choices should be made.

“The foundation lies at Grade 10 where the correct subject choices should be made. In grades 8 and 9 have the standard subjects but in Grade 10 the learner must know if they are a mefical student or a skills child. We don’t focus on those paths, we tell the children to choose their subjects and then they attend career fares in grades 11 and 12,” he says.

The difference in the choices in subjects in Grade 10 will determine the child’s career path, with the wrong subjects sometimes ending in a forced change, Philander says. Following the initiaitve, Philander and Johan Appels from the City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate will work with the Department of Labour to expand the project at three schools in the area.

This will see the learners participate in Pace Assesment that will include their hobbies, skills and interests to help determine the best possible career for them.

These assessments will take place at earmarked schools after the school holidays.

“We are approaching schools and asking permission to bring these services to the learners,” says Philander.

Parents were also invited to the session as Philander says they play an important role in the development of the child.

He says as most of the parents did not have this opportunity when they were growing up, they understand how the wrong subject choices can limit your career path, should you want to study a specific course.

The initiative aims to further encourage learners to continue with their education.

“Currently, compulsory education is only to Grade 9 and that is not enough,” he says.

“There are opportunities for children to study. There are institutions who are willing to pay for your studies, granted you pass your modules and we want them to be aware of that.”

College of Cape Town and False Bay College were present to advise on their courses as well as advise on the correct choices to allow them access to study.

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