Ga-Motodi- Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has launched Apply Now Khetha Career Guidance Campaign in Burgersfort Limpopo by visiting three secondary schools on Monday. The deputy minister was accompanied by Greater Tubatse Local Municipality officials and the traditional leaders at Sekhukhune district. The schools visited are; Dikotope Secondary School, Moukangoe Secondary School and Manoke Secondary School. When Manana interacted with over two thousand Grade 09,10, 11 and 12 learners. He said “The matric learners must apply on time for admission to post-school institutions and to avoid possible stampedes and long queues that take place at the beginning of each academic year”. “As we commemorate the Youth Month in remembrance of the youth of 1976, as youth of today we must take advantage of the opportunities that the government has made available. I am criss-crossing the rural and township schools with this campaign to share these opportunities that are available within the post-school’, said Manana. Manana reminded pupils about the unfortunate incident that occurred at the University of Johannesburg in 2012, where a mother died in a stampede whilst accompanying her child to submit a late application.
He also informed learners about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) which is aimed at assisting poor and academically 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 middle class league. “Matriculants please apply online and submit relevant supporting documents from 1 August directly to NSFAS for the 2017 academic year” said the Deputy Minister.
Manana added that the Department of Higher Education and Training currently runs a Career Development Services Centre to assist learners with career advice. “The Career Guidance campaign runs annually from March to September across the country to assist learners to make informed choices. It also seeks to inform learners about things to look out for when choosing their institutions of higher learning and to avert being conned by unregistered and bogus colleges who offer them unaccredited qualifications”. Dikotope Secondary school grade 12 learner Kgaogelo Malepe(17) said, “The visit by the Deputy minister is a eye opener to all of us. The lack of information is always the problem to the learners at rural schools. Sometimes you pass matric without knowing how to open a computer. Applying online can be really a challenge to some of us.