Career guidance was at the centre of presentations by School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s Thuthuka Project Co-ordinator Dr Msizi Mkhize to audiences in Pinetown and KwaMashu.
Mkhize spoke to parents and their children in the parishes of St John’s Anglican Church in Pinetown and Ekuvukeni Anglican Church in KwaMashu.
He emphasised the importance of choosing Mathematics in Grade 10 - Mathematical Literacy as a last resort – and planning now for a career rather than later!
‘It is important to stress that there are many opportunities waiting for learners after Grade 12 but they need to think about the future now,’ said Mkhize.
‘To do a BCom degree at UKZN a student must have matric level Mathematics so this has to be taken into consideration when choosing subject combinations in Grade 10.’
Having recently graduated with his PhD, Mkhize also touched on studying Accounting using parts of his doctoral thesis which was titled: “The Influence of Attitudes Towards Mathematics on Learning Accounting Amongst Pre-service Accounting Teachers”.
He also demonstrated some innovative and creative mathematics teaching and learning strategies.
St John’s Anglican Church Education Committee Chairperson Dr Rejoice Ngcongo thanked Mkhize for giving up his time to address the parish and learners, while the church’s Education Committee Secretary, Ms Bonisiwe Ngema, said the address needed to be heard by wider audiences as parents often had a negative attitude to Maths because of the perception that it was a ‘hard subject’.