02 April 2015 Volume :3 Issue :10

Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship
UKZN PhD student Mr Thokozani Ndaleni (centre) with his supervisors Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan and Dr Inbanathan Naicker.

PhD student in the School of Education Mr Thokozani Ndaleni has been awarded a prestigious doctoral scholarship by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) in association with the SA Humanities Deans’ Association (SAHUDA). 

The main objective of this scholarship programme is to promote research in the humanities and social sciences in South Africa.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, the coherence of the proposed research project, feasibility of the project, and the likely contribution of the project to the body of knowledge in the field.

Ndaleni, who worked as a secondary school English teacher for 28 years, completed his masters degree in the specialisation of Teacher Development Studies at UKZN in 2013. He is now a full-time student in the School of Education’s PhD programme and has recently successfully defended his proposal.

His doctoral research focuses on English language teacher learning. The proposal reviewers commented that Ndaleni’s study is ‘timely and relevant and has the potential to contribute significantly to language learning of teachers in SA schools’.

His doctoral supervisors, Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan and Dr Inbanathan Naicker, commented: ‘We are delighted that Mr Ndaleni has received this prestigious award. It is very well deserved. He is an insightful and enterprising student who works consistently hard and devotes a great deal of time and effort to his research and writing. He is also a patient and supportive mentor for his fellow students.’

Speaking about being awarded the scholarship Ndaleni said, ‘The inadequacy of research on the South African English language teachers’ learning has been my concern for quite some time. I hope my doctoral study will add value to existing research on language teacher learning. Hence, I am greatly indebted to (NIHSS) and (SAHUDA) for the esteemed award. My scholarship will definitely be enhanced!’

Melissa Mungroo


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