More women graduate
This follows the autumn graduations at UFS and CUT last week
HAVING more women graduate from universities is a step in the right direction to the attainment of economic freedom, the ANC Youth League said.
This follows the autumn graduations at both the University of the Free State and the Central University of Technology last week.
The faculty of natural and agricultural sciences outdid itself by producing more than 1000 students who graduated during this month.
Excluding masters and doctoral degrees, there were 309 graduates in the faculty of health sciences and 55 in the faculty of theology and religion.
From the south campus, 494 students from the University Access Programme graduated while the law faculty produced 428 graduates.
Education had 472, natural and agricultural sciences had 1 072, humanities had 729 and economic and management sciences had 819 graduates.
The youth league lauded the graduates and said the more graduates the province had, the better skills base it would have to attain economic freedom in their lifetime.
ANC Youth League secretary Reagan Booysen said: “These graduates add to the skills revolution required by our generation for the attainment and sustenance of our generational mission of economic freedom in our lifetime.”
He said what impressed them the most was that a significant number of the graduates were women.
“We are particularly impressed by the fact that the majority of these graduates are female students. This serves as confirmation that indeed women remain the pillar of our nation and the custodians of our collective future.
“We believe that this provides practical meaning to the fact that our mother of the nation, mama Winifred Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela did not perish but multiplied,” Booysen said.
He said female students should seek inspiration in women such as Madikizela-Mandela to rise against all odds.
“We believe that the sterling performance by these female students remains one of the most befitting gifts our generation can provide to our mother of the nation, who continued to impress upon all of us as young people, the importance of getting an education,” Booysen said.
He said they were equally happy that students who were affiliated with Sasco had also graduated in their droves.
“We wish to also congratulate all those graduates who are leading or affiliated to our progressive youth alliance component, Sasco, who have collapsed the false and negative narrative that these progressive forces never graduate. They continue not only to fight difficult and strategic struggles for the students but also demonstrate excellence in the lecture halls,” he said.
Booysen urged those who did not make it to try again as this was just a step back not an indication that they failed.
“We want to encourage those who were billed to graduate during this period to soldier on because the ultimate goal is within reach. Their role and space in the future of this country is confirmed and their names will be counted among the battalion of the generation that will fulfil its generational mission of economic freedom in its lifetime,” he said.
ADDED SKILLS: It’s a step in the right direction to economic freedom when more women graduate, ANCYL says.