Avi­a­tion now fly­ing high in Gaut­eng school

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - More Mat­shediso

Learn­ers who have as­pi­ra­tions to join the avi­a­tion in­dus­try will soon be able to start ac­quir­ing suit­able skills from as early as Grade 10 in Gaut­eng.

This is made pos­si­ble by the Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion as it has launched the Rhodes­field En­gi­neer­ing School of Spe­cial­i­sa­tion with a fo­cus on avi­a­tion.

Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi said he was pleased to un­veil an­other ground-break­ing school of spe­cial­i­sa­tion, which is sit­u­ated close to the OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Kemp­ton Park.

“The school is one of 29 schools of spe­cial­i­sa­tion, which have been re­designed to ad­dress skills short­ages to meet the eco­nomic de­mands of Gaut­eng cities,” said the MEC.

The school, which was pre­vi­ously known Rhodes­field Tech­ni­cal High School, of­fers com­pul­sory sub­jects that in­clude pure math­e­mat­ics, pure phys­i­cal sci­ence, En­gi­neer­ing and Graph­ics and De­sign. It will soon in­clude avi­a­tion to its list.

Some of the sub­jects that the learn­ers at the school en­joy in­clude Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing and Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing.

The Act­ing Prin­ci­pal of the school, An­sie Ras, said she was ex­cited about the launch as the school will make a huge con­tri­bu­tion to South Africa’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

“We will be able to sup­ply the avi­a­tion in­dus­try with learn­ers who are skilled in avi­a­tion and who are in a bet­ter po­si­tion to choose ca­reers in avi­a­tion,” she said.

“We have part­nered with a couple of air­lines so that we will be able to take our learn­ers to their tech­ni­cal sites for them to get the ex­pe­ri­ence of the tech­ni­cal as­pects of avi­a­tion,” she ex­plained.

At the mo­ment the school teaches about 938 learn­ers from Grade 8 to 12, but it has the ca­pac­ity to teach about 1 300 learn­ers per year.

Ras said ad­mis­sions into the school for the Grade 8 class is con­trolled by the Pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion through the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion process. Ap­pli­cants have to be good in math­e­mat­ics and nat­u­ral sci­ence.

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