By – SAnews.gov.za
Pretoria – Over 20 000 high school learners have been reached through the 2015 Apply Now/Khetha Career Guidance campaign, said the Ministry of Higher Education and Training.
Launched in 2015, the campaign has been rolled out in all nine provinces targeting rural and township schools.
On Wednesday, Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana concluded the campaign by visiting two schools in Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape province.
Deputy Minister Manana, accompanied by the Executive Mayor of Ingquza Hill Local Municipality JP Mdingi, interacted with Grade 8 to 12 learners at Vulindlela Senior Secondary School and Hillbrow Senior Secondary School.
He outlined the campaign, which is aimed at encouraging learners to apply on time for admission to post-school institutions and thus avert possible stampedes and long queues that take place at the beginning of each academic year.
The Career Guidance component of the campaign seeks to inform learners about career choices available within the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector.
The campaign was initiated by the department following the unfortunate incident that happened at the University of Johannesburg in 2012 where a mother died in a stampede while accompanying her child to submit a late application.
The campaign runs from March to September, across the country to assist learners to make informed choices when applying to institutions of higher learning.
It also seeks to inform learners about things to look out for when choosing their institutions of higher learning to avert being conned by unregistered and bogus colleges who offer them unaccredited qualifications.
The Deputy Minister encouraged learners to consider Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges as an alternative to universities because the skills needs of the country necessitate massive production of artisans from TVET colleges.
100 Occupations in High Demand
Deputy Minister Manana had a conversation with more than 1 500 learners from Grade 8 to 12 in the two rural schools of Lusikisiki and further promoted the list of “100 Occupations in High Demand” that was released by the Minister of Higher Education and Training in 2014.
Deputy Minister Manana informed learners about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) which is aimed at assisting poor yet deserving students to further their studies within the post-school sector.
NSFAS has to date assisted more than 1.5 million beneficiaries who have since joined the ranks of the black middle class. NSFAS interacted with learners during the Deputy Minister’s visit.
The Deputy Minister informed learners that there are currently 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) which are responsible for learnerships and other training opportunities for learners who cannot pursue further education and training.
Learner Representative Council
Members of the Learner Representative Councils at the two schools thanked the Deputy Minister for having taken time to visit the schools.
Career Development Services
In addition, the department currently runs a career development services centre to assist learners with career advice. The Deputy Minister encouraged learners to use their cell phones to reach the centre by sms or sending a please call to 072 204 5056.