At least 72 grade 12 learners from Tshinavhe Secondary school at Vyeboom near Vuwani were encouraged to prioritise their studies in order to progress academically. This was during the school visit by the University of Venda on Thursday, 05 August 2019. Univen Assistant Schools Liaison Officer, Justice Lebopa led students from various fields including Black Management Forum Univen branch representatives and Univen registered research student from Germany who motivated learners.
In her welcome remarks, the Principal of Tshinavhe Secondary School Ms Pfuluwani Moshapo mentioned that their school is privileged to be visited by an institution of higher learning. “We are so fortunate because some of learners who are in Gr 12 are not informed on how and when they can apply to study at the institution of higher learning. We believe that the visit by the University of Venda will also boost the performance of our learners,” she said.
In 2018, Tshinavhe Secondary School matric produced dysfunctional results hence the principal blamed the Vuwani protest to have affected the performance of the learners. Mashapo urged her learners to participate, interact and ask necessary questions to the visitors.
The University of Venda Assistant School Liaison Officer Mr Justice Lebopa, on his presentation advised learners to make their choices wisely and to apply for admission at the University of Venda before the closing date.
Almost half of the Grade 12 learners in the school did not apply at any of the institution of higher learning including at the University of Venda, however Mr Lebopa outlined the processes which must be followed when a learner is applying.
Lebopa further went through the programmes offered by the university and told learners in the school to contact the University of Venda to be assisted with online application if they continue to face challenges.
“I know that many of you here come from a disadvantaged background but that shouldn’t mean that you cannot be successful,” these were words of motivation from the Chairperson of Black Management Forum Univen branch, Shandukani Mudau who is a former learner at Tshinavhe Secondary School and currently a registered student at Univen. “You must have goals that will pave ways to what you want to see yourselves in future. You have to prioritise your studies and manage your study time well, and that will be a key to your success. Be determined and note that anything is possible in this world,” added Ms Mudau.
Wanga Muavha, a Grade 12 learner said the visit by the University of Venda was fruitful. As learners we promise to work hard towards our studies and ensure we use this opportunity to work together with our teachers and fellow learners to produce good results at the end of the year,” said Muavha.
The Grade 12 English educator Ms Grace Sinthumule expressed her sincere gratitude to the University of Venda for visiting their rural based school. She also encouraged learners to seek help from her office when they are applying so that they avoid disappointment at the beginning of the 2020 academic year. “As the school we are looking forward to see the University of Venda visiting our school every year to assist in sharing such valuable information to our learners,” she concluded.
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Date: 12 August 2019