Good performance should be recognised and encouraged. This was the case when the Schools Liaison at MarComms and Student Counselling staff at Department of Student Affairs paid a visit to Umbelebele High School in Umlazi Township’s Q Section on 27 October 2020.
Sibongile Bulose, Schools Liaison Officer in the Department of Marketing and Communications, said the trip was sparked by the latest news from the school. “Recently the school has shown a marked improvement. In the September trials it achieved 85.5% pass rate. This is a strong commitment on the part of both learners and teachers,” said Sibongile.
The visit’s purpose was to motivate learners to do well in their academic studies, particularly in the upcoming examination, with the emphasis on balancing studies and social life.
Addressing the learners, Ayanda Bulose, Schools Liaison Assistant at MUT said: “In your preparation for exams always remember the five Ps – Proper preparation prevents poor performance. Dream big. Do not be afraid to be true to yourselves. Work hard. Hard work pays. Pace yourselves well.”
The MUT teams also talked to the learners about the careers; this was also a way of preparing the learners for life in general. The Schools Liaison team encouraged learners who have not applied to take advantage of the late application date.
The visit, which was part of the University’s Anchor Strategy, indicated a need to work with Umbelelebele High School for various developmental programmes. The school has been under-performing in the previous years. Lungile Mkhize, a psychologist at the Student Counselling unit, told learners about the services that the unit offers, and that the unit was open to the general public.