STATING THE MYTH
School leavers need a bridging course before they can attempt to enrol at a university for a degree or diploma. In addition, those who do not passed Grade 12 with at least a 70% average will NEVER be able to go to university. Last, those who have only Grade 10 and Grade 11 are forever doomed to be part of a low paid and underqualified workforce.
DEBUNKING THE MYTH
Whilst it is true that not all school leavers cannot immediately enrol into a university program, there are options available to anyone who thinks that he/she will never be able to go to university. In fact, anyone who cannot be admitted to a university today can indeed prepare him/her over a period of four years to obtain a professional qualification that will allow that person into a degree program.
Insufficient admission points at the end of Grade 12 do not mean all doors to tertiary education have closed irrevocably. In addition, a person that passed Grade 10 or Grade 11 actually has an equal chance to obtain a university degree one day as long as they completed a professional qualification with an accredited institution such a Growth Institute.
Growth Institute’s Achiever Program© is linked to professional qualifications in Accounting and Business Administration. This program allows students to qualify with a National Diploma (NQF 6) within three to four years. After students obtained their National Diplomas, they can apply to a local university where the can enrol into a bridging program that steers them towards a B Com. Honours degree in Business Management.
FACING THE FACTS
The fact is that many students who are presently enrolled at university fall out in the first year. They become discouraged and live with a belief that they will never be able to obtain a tertiary qualification. This “Horde of Disillusionment” is one of the biggest contributors to skills shortages in South Africa.
However, students who first enrol into programs such a Growth Institute’s Achiever Program, stand and greater chance to obtain degrees after three to four years’ study at a lower level. These students have a great sense of accomplishment and achievement. In addition, they are valuable knowledge assets to an organisation because:
- They are often forced to study part-time
- They have an opportunity to link theoretical knowledge with practical experience while they study
- They are committed students and workers because they have more at stake than their peers who are full time students
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