Study free of charge at Ekurhuleni East College
03 February 2011 | Mpho G Morereane
Ekurhuleni East College for Further Education and Training (FET) is prepared to enrol financially challenged youth who are in dire need for education.
The school has devised strategies to financially aid young people who could not further their education due to financial constraints.
They are willing to make bursaries available to orphans and youngsters whose parents are unemployed.
According to Happy Sibande, Ekurhuleni East College principal, such children will be exempt from paying the college fees and will be given a 100% support in terms of tuition fees.
“They must first apply at the colleges in Benoni, Springs, KwaThema, Daveyton and Brakpan. We will then screen them and do a background check.
“We need people to be honest. Young people who are orphans and whose parents are unemployed should no hesitate to visit the colleges because we want to assist needy learners,” emphasised Happy.
She adds the she does not believe young people should not attend school as a result of financial constraints as she strongly believes that the youth should be given a chance.
The FETs are about vocation programmes and skills linked to their career path while universities are occupational. The college enrols learners with good results from Grade Nine, Grade 10 which are screened before being accepted, Grade 11 and 12.
“The FET now fall within the department of education and training. Schools are also misinformed about the FETs because they often refer academically challenged learners here,” says Happy.
Ekurhuleni East College produced better results last year as it achieved a 60% pass rate and 354 distinctions, compared with the 45% it got in 2009. Although the distinctions for engineering (which is deemed an intense course) are less than in business, Happy is proud about the performance.
The college already boasts about its 60 students who are set to start with a new programme with Mondi, Kimberly-Clark and Pamsa this year.
One of the best student in the college Michelle Mabaso, urges the youth not to underestimate FET. She is also a testimony that free education does exist in the college.
Since enrolling at the college in 2008 she has only had to pay R800 and to date she had not paid any tuition fees. She explains that if a learner passes seven subjects, they are exempt from paying the college fees.
“Our principal always says the college will never turn away young people who need to further their education,” says Michelle.
Applications for bursaries take place tomorrow (Saturday) at any of the Ekurhuleni East Colleges from 8am until noon.
Shining star of the Ekurhuleni East College, Michelle Mabaso, and principal Happy Sibande.