17 May 2013
Matric learners from three secondary schools in the J.T. Madlala region of SADTU, Dr Ruth Mompati region in the North West province are more than looking forward to writing their final year exams so that they can further their studies at university - thanks to SADTU`s Career Guidance exhibition they attended at Bloemhof Town Hall yesterday and visits to their schools by University of Johanneburg and Wits University students today.
The learners from Gaopalelwe Secondary School, Vaalower Combined School, Thuto Lore Secondary and Christian School for the Blind and Partially Sighted received first hand information on how to apply for enrolment at Wits University, access to funding and bursaries, various courses and career choices from Wits University students during the career exhibition at the Bloemhof Hall yesterday.
Today, students from the University of Johannesburg and Wits University visited Gaopalelwe, Thuto Lore and Christian School to explain what their universities offered, how to apply and shared their testimonies about life at university. Registration forms were also supplied.
The schools are no-fee schools and few or no learners can afford to enroll in tertiary institutions. However, after the presentations, many felt the sky was the limit.
The career guidance exhibition is part of fulfilling SADTU`s 2030 Vision of creating a learning nation. It is also part of the Union`s commitment to the Education Accord and Quality of Learning and Teaching Campaign.
Through the adopt-a-school programme, SADTU realized that most learners in the rural schools the union has adopted struggle to pursue tertiary education because of lack of career guidance. These institutions are in urban areas making them not easily accessible to them and are not affordable.
Addressing the learners at Bloemhof SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke urged the learners to study harder despite their circumstances. He said their poor circumstances should not stop them from aspiring for better things in life. The doors of tertiary institutions were open to them as well as any other learner in South Africa. If they studied hard and obtained good marks, help was available through bursaries and government.
Making an example using himself, Maluleke told the learners that he was born in a farm, worked in the farm while attending school and could drive a tractor by the age of eight. However, he persevered under the trying circumstances and studied and became a teacher. The learners also stood every chance to achieve their dreams no matter their circumstances.
Issued by SADTU Secretariat
Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary 082 783 2968
Nkosana Dolopi, Deputy General Secretary 082 709 56 51
Nomusa Cembi, Media Officer 082 719 5157