School brings career options to the community

High schools from Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding arears attended a career exhibition held at Rocklands High School on Saturday.

The event, organised by the school and the Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LGSETA), was attended by about 400 pupils.

“All the Mitchell’s Plain high schools and 15 other high schools from surrounding areas, including Khayelitsha and Crossroads, attended the event,” said Rocklands High principal Nigel Pelston.

“All pupils, irrespective of grade, were welcome to attend with their parents.

“We decided to embark on this career exhibition because we want our pupils to get first-hand information from various organisations. We want to make sure that pupils from Grade 8 and 9 make correct decisions regarding their subject choices,” said Mr Pelston.

He described the event as very successful and urged other organisations to come on board.

“This is our first event under my leadership as principal at school. I started working here last year and I’m intending to do it annually. And I’d love to see more exhibitors in future avail themselves for our pupils in Mitchell’s Plain,” he said.

LGSETA provincial manager Anneka Jacobs said their aim was to showcase various career options available to the pupils.

“We wanted to showcase and bring information to the community of Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas.

“Our targets are pupils from Grade 9 to 12,” she said.

Ms Jacobs explained that before the event, they had visited all the schools to ascertain the pupils’ career interests.

“And today we encourage pupils to have one-on-one sessions with our exhibitors to empower them to be able to make an informed decision on their careers and field of study.”