MUT empowers KwaZulu-Natal midlands schools through Careers Expo

Learners from uMsinga schools listening to Mfundo Makhanya of the Analytical Chemistry department giving them some valuable information

This week, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) continued on its quest to recruit learners from South Africa and outside the country’s borders to pursue their higher education studies at the University. This time, the journey took staff members at the Department of Marketing and Communication to uMsinga (in the middle of KwaZulu-Natal) for a Career Expo at Ukukhanya KoMsinga Special School on 22 August 2022

The Career Expo brought together teachers, Central Applications Office (CAO) officials, local government officials, education officials, and learners from the five schools that attended the presentations by various departments from different faculties. The five schools were Cabangokuhle High School from Mshayazafe near Tugela Ferry; Mabaso Secondary School from Mabaso in uMsinga; Sakhiseni High from Ebhubesini in uMsinga; and Msinga High School from uMsinga. The schools offer Science, Commerce and general streams. These schools are doing well in grade 12, with a pass rate of between 70% and 100%. This pass rate was one of the motivating reasons for hosting a Careers Expo in the area.

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at MUT, Mbali Mkhize told learners that the University visited the area because it was underserved. Mkhize said the visit was part of the University’s anchor strategy. In terms of this strategy, the University seeks to work with its neighbouring communities to improve their economic situation, and also learn from them. Mkhize has long-term intentions for the place. She appealed to the learners to register their relatives who studied at the University with Modjadji Baloyi, an Alumni Officer in her department. She also asked the learners to help with information on local artists. Mkhize said they intended to assist those locals by improving their economic situation. She said there would be a follow-up visit.

All the presenters impressed upon the need grade 12 learners to do well in their end-of-year examination to secure places at the University. They also gave the finer details of what their programmes entailed, and how graduates benefit from studying those programmes.

Sithembile Maphumulo, a Schools Liaison Officer at the Department of Marketing and Communication at MUT, kept everything well together by focusing on programmes, and giving learners vital information between the speakers.

Thembi Mjadu, an Education Specialist from the local Department of Education, told the learners that everyone was in the hall because of them.

“Please make sure you have learned from attending this meeting. Please be respectful, and learn from what you are told. You will be told about programmes offered at MUT, and how to enrol with them. Ask questions about finances and more. MUT chose uMsinga to empower you,” Mjadu said.

Nondumiso Mtshali from the Central Application Office (CAO) informed learners about what CAO does, and how to apply via the CAO.

Bonginkosi Xulu, Deputy Principal of uMsinga High School, said they also wanted their learners to know the urgency to apply, particularly those that had not applied via the CAO. uMsinga High School had a 75% pass rate last year. Its 92 grade 12 learners are studying in the Science and Commerce streams.

The learners appreciated the visit. Lungelo Luvuno, from Cabangokuhle High School said she learnt that Agriculture was divided into two – Plant Production and Crop Production. Senziwe Ngubane, from uMsinga High School, said she learnt what was required to enrol for Agriculture at MUT.