De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ca­reer dress -up day

Grocott's Mail - - ECONOMIX - By SI­NE­SIPHO GO­QWANA

The De­part­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion held a Ca­reer Dress Up day re­cently where learn­ers who were neatly dressed in dif­fer­ent at­tire such as pae­di­a­tri­cians, so­cial work­ers, sound en­gi­neers and quan­tity sur­vey­ors, made in­sight­ful and in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tions about their dream jobs in front of a panel of judges who were all grad­u­ates from the Univer­sity of Fort Hare.

These learn­ers were ac­com­pa­nied by their teach­ers and par­ents from dif­fer­ent, dis­tricts in­clud­ing King Wil­lams Town, Fort Beau­fort, Port El­iz­a­beth and Port Al­fred.

Event co-or­di­na­tor, Ntombox­olo Ntanga said the pur­pose of the event was to get pupils to dream big and al­ways re­mem­ber that they were all win­ners.

“Last week we had a Spelling Bee com­pe­ti­tion and it left the ones that did not make it to the fi­nal in tears. That broke my heart and I don’t want that to hap­pen again,” she said.

Some of the teach­ers also had some words of en­cour­age­ment to the young ones for the fu­ture, telling them to never give up in life and al­ways strive to reach for the stars.

Ms Dekeza-Tsomo from King Wil­liam’s Town urged teach­ers and the com­mu­nity to not give up on their pupils and al­ways stand by them and give guid­ance and di­rec­tion.

She also en­cour­aged pupils to re­search more about dif­fer­ent ca­reers so that when they reach Grade 10, they will know which field they want to ven­ture to.

“Once you choose wrong sub­jects it means you are most likely to fol­low the wrong ca­reer so we are here to give you di­rec­tion,” she said.

The pupils who par­tic­i­pated are go­ing to be com­pet­ing on a pro­vin­cial level next week on Tues­day in East London, at the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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