Mpumalanga Grade 9 Learners are Making the Right Choice for their Future

Good Work Foundation (GWF) in partnership with Mpumalanga Department of Education hosted grade 9 students from Enhlanzeni district in Mpumalanga for a career awareness day. More than 700 students from various rural schools came for advice and guidance on career paths and subject choice.

Many individuals from different professions came to present about their career fields. They spoke to the scholars about the importance of subject choice related to the career field that they have interest in. “It is also just as important for these youngsters to realise early that if they are struggling with the subjects they have chosen, they should change those subjects mid- year so as to allow them enough time to catch up on their alternative subject choices,” says Enhlanzeni district Career Guidance Coordinator Mrs Ruth Mashego.

“These students should realise how critical it is to know what subjects they have to choose for that specific career that they would like to pursue after school. It is also just as important for them to realise that they might have a passion for medicine but mathematics and physics are subjects they struggle to get a 40% in, then they should make another choice that will not disappoint them later in life,” says GWF Career Guidance Coordinator Mercyful Mathebula.

It is a privilege for these students to have had first- hand information from the “horse’s mouth” to guide them in securing their tomorrows.

Rural school learners often chose subjects based on what their friends chose and not based on their capability, due to a lack of information. With the lack of information and support, they live to later regret these decisions, either because they are struggling to pull through high school or they end up struggling when they get to university.

In some cases, students finish off their last year of high school with outstanding result, but have no idea how to access information that would help them further their studies.

This day was intended to highlight how important it is for these grade nines to know what they want and need. We at GWF look forward to the future doctors, bloggers, teachers and many more other professions from these promising grade nines that now have all the information that they need at their disposal.

Grade 9 learners from one of the local schools are marching towards a brighter future.

Grade 9 learners from one of the local schools are marching towards a brighter future.

"It is a privilege for these students to have had first- hand information from the “horse’s mouth” to guide them in securing their tomorrows."

“It is a privilege for these students to have had first- hand information from the “horse’s mouth” to guide them in securing their tomorrows.”

"More than 700 students from various rural schools came for advice and guidance on career paths and subject choice."

“More than 700 students from various rural schools came for advice and guidance on career paths and subject choice.”

 

Written and compiled by Accolade Ubisi.

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