More women grad­u­ate

This fol­lows the au­tumn grad­u­a­tions at UFS and CUT last week

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - FREE STATE NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­newage.co.za

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.

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