UKZN Team Encourages Aspirant Tertiary Education Students in Newcastle Area
UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) in partnership with the Department of Basic Education recently hosted the Amajuba district (Newcastle area in northern KwaZulu-Natal) high achievers symposium programme for top maths and science students in the area.
The aim of the programme was to provide learners with sufficient information on programmes offered at UKZN in order to make informed career choices in their Grade 12 year of study.
UKZN staff members from the CHS - Mr Lunga Memela, Mr Mlungisi Chili, Ms Vanessa Chetty and Ms Sinenhlanhla Ngubane - as well as the Corporate Relations Division’s Mr Morena Tsotetsi and Ms Thandiwe Jumo of the College of Law and Management Studies, attended the student recruitment drive and presented on UKZN’s programmes.
Grade 12 learner, Sinobuhle Ndlovu from the DNC Combined High School, said: ‘I did not know that in order to study medicine you needed a 65% aggregate for all your subjects. I am going to work hard to ensure that my grades go up.’
‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve,’ said Mr Ntokozo Hlongwane, a motivational speaker whose positive energy was contagious, motivating and inspired learners to aim to pass with distinctions.
When asked his opinion on the seminar, Mr R N Khuzwayo of the Department of Education (Amajuba district), said: ‘UKZN’s presentation was well prepared. They managed to cover all the details applying to the Institution and I liked the fact that they were able to go deeper into this by explaining the points requirement for each College, thus leaving the learners with an in-depth understanding of what is expected of them.’
‘UKZN identified that most schools were offering subjects not recognised by tertiary intuitions and even if these students pass, they are not getting accepted into universities. Going forward I plan on addressing this issue by having a meeting with all of the school principals in the district and rectifying this problem,’ said Khuzwayo.