Asifundisane

Asifundisane is a show dedicated to preparing high school learners for life inside higher education. We look at the issues affecting matriculants when they enter higher institutions and discuss some of the choices they could face when leaving high school. Our purpose is to ensure that they have the necessary information about what is happening in the South African Education sector and their options.

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17
NOV
2021

EP 6: THE ROLE OF TEACHERS

In the month of October, we saw the country celebrate the National Teachers Awards and the National Teachers Day. So we decided to do a show to celebrate the impact that teachers have on their learners. This show features a recording from president Ramaphosa addressing teachers at the awards ceremony and a number of teachers from the schools here in Makhanda/Grahamstown.
17
NOV
2021

EP 7: BURSARY OPPORTUNITIES

It has become even more evident that many people consider NSFAS as the only source of funding for tertiary education. Not many people even consider looking for bursaries or to even apply for them and that has caused a massive strain on the NSFAS system causing more funding problems. In this week's show, we look at the reason why that may be and who are disadvantaged by this predicament.
12
NOV
2021

EP 5: Class of 2021

Dropout rate has always been a problem in South Africa, and with trial exams almost finished some learners when they see how they have performed, It may discourage them. It was recently recorded that an estimate of 750,000 children may have dropped out in our schools because of the Covid 19 Pandemic. This is very concerning when you start to think about the fact that the 2021 matriculants were last year grade 11 and also their studies were affected by the pandemic. So this show focuses on their preparation for the trial examination and how they think they may have performed. The zero dropout campaign recording is taken from Youtube.
09
NOV
2021

EP 3: Slow Reaction of Government

The current education system in South Africa is still challenged by many, as public school improvement is still questioned. Many still complain that it is disadvantageous to them when they reach higher institutions; some even make wrong career decisions because the information is limited, which increases the unemployment rate of graduates. We spoke to a university student who explained how he has found life at University. There is also a recording from Minister of Higher education, science, and technology Dr Blade Nzimande, explaining some of the challenges that the nsfas system still faces today.
09
NOV
2021

EP 4: Financial guidance

Financial guidance has been spoken about a lot lately, with many people realizing how it's essential to implement it in schools at an early age. It is something that black communities still struggle to understand, how they can use the money to empower their communities. Even university or college students are not better from this situation. So this show follows after the Rhodes SRC had a financial literacy webinar mainly focusing on university students' spending patterns.
02
NOV
2021

EP 2: Gap Years

Not so many people are lucky when they finish matric and go straight into higher institutions. Some experience troubles with finances, finding a school, choosing the right career for themselves, and some want to take a break. So in our episode, we look at what a gap year is, what opportunities does gap year presents, and if it is something that we should talk more about after matric.
29
OCT
2021

EP 1: Preparing for the future

We started looking at the national student financial aid scheme (NSFAS) to kick off our first show. We asked matric learners what they know about NSFAS; university students' experience with NSFAS since it has been turned into a bursary scheme. We also discussed a telephone conversation with Ms. Thami Matiwana from the Rhodes University Financial Aid Office. The purpose of this show was to show some challenges that many first-time entering students face or make with NSFAS.

7 episodes