Campus Life

Learners get a taste of TUT

by Mokete Radebe and Bongani Mtshwene

Around 40% of South African students drop-out of university in their first year due to poor career choices, among others (www.universityworldnews.com). To address this unfortunate statistic, Information Services at the Pretoria Campus hosts school visits to TUT, this year’s second one was on 18 March.

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Approximately 50 learners (Grades 10, 11 and 12) from Rantobeng Secondary School in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, visited the University for an information session about TUT. The aim of the session was to inform prospective students of the numerous career choices and services offered by the institution.

Jack Papo, Information Officer, gave a vibrant presentation on a number of topics, including the various campuses, faculties, programmes, admission requirements and how to apply for for financial support.

“Presenting to the leaners makes me happy. It gives me a chance to show them that TUT paves the way for a better future. Educating young people about career options means that they have a chance of moving away from poverty,” said Papo.

The presentation was kick-started with a question-and-answer session, which gave educators and speakers an idea of what learners were interested in. Once the learners arrived at the Tshwane FM studios, Station Manager, Jeremy Thorpe, and Deputy Station Manager, Precious Pheelwane, gave them a brief insight of what one should do in order to break into the radio industry.

“These presentations also mean that we get to put TUT on the map as an institution offering great programmes, ultimately producing positive results,” Papo added.

In an interview with eTUTor, Life Orientation teacher at Rantobeng Secondary School, Debora Phokanoka, said: “This is a great opportunity, and the learners ought to grab it with both hands. We are very thankful to the University for opening up the learners’ eyes and showing them that there’s more to education than just high school.”