South Africa is getting obsessed with the results that are enhanced while no attention is given to vocational guidance. Deficiency of career advice at our schools is evident while schooling training colleges are far from attaining authorities target of enrolling 1 million students by the year 41, annually after year the vast majority of these matriculants flock. Despite losing days of studying because of past years public sector strike, an individual can safely say the 67.8 percent pass rate reflects the degree of dedication on the portion of the matriculants, teachers and the Department of Basic Education. A lot of students will not be able to continue their studies at institutions of higher education because of lack of career guidance.
Proper career guidance would have helped many of these students with early applications at universities and/or further education and training colleges, selection of career paths at an early stage, and with more career options other than enrolling at these institutions. This may allow learners to select subjects which are in line with their future plans. Career guidance could go a substantial way in giving the students the confidence. In my experiences, I came across a number. This does not paint a picture since it implies that the students aren’t prepared by teachers for post matric research or they lack the ability to provide students career guidance.
I recall an individual learner declaring that she doesn’t intend furthering her schooling since she comes from an impoverished family. How some of those Learners know the presence of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme? Is the Department of Higher Education and Training doing enough into encourage matriculants into study at institutions of higher learning? The reality is, poverty should never stand in the way of matriculants while financing schemes like NSFAS exist. The NSFAS should also benefit these matriculants who’re currently sitting at home with absolutely nothing to do. While we encourage matriculants into study subjects like Math and Science, we should always keep in mind that many of those matriculants have good marks in those subjects.
Lack of info or access to info in rural areas has also been a contributing factor. How a lot of the rural areas in South Africa have libraries? In a press statement earlier this month, Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande, presented each of the right arguments to navigate the students through career options. The announcement covered topics with info on universities, FET colleges, financial help, skills development programmes, adult training centers and career advice services. I’m of the view that such matters should be covered in career exhibitions where public institutions of higher learning and financing agencies are invited to provide details about their programmes to learners. Further schooling and training schools should also encourage students to enroll with them so as to reduce the influx of students to the universities.