University bridging boost

University bridging boostThe SA Education and Environment Project's (SAEP) bridging year programme has given a few matriculants the chance to succeed in their first year of varsity.

The SA Education and Environment Project's (SAEP) bridging year programme has given a few matriculants the chance to succeed in their first year of varsity.

Every year a staggering 40% of students drop out of university during their first year, but the South African Education and Environment Project with its bridging year programme is making sure a few lucky matriculants have a good chance of not becoming part of that statistic.

Nonkululeko Monatisa is one of those lucky matriculants. In 2009 she got less than 30% for science. At the end of a year with the non-governmental organisation she rewrote the exam and got over 60% for it.

"Many pupils from disadvantaged schools had a poor education, they haven't learnt computer skills, they didn't get career guidance and they might have been pushed into doing subjects they didn't want to do," said the organisation's director, Jane Keen.

"If they manage to get past the daunting university application process then many of them are overwhelmed by the myriad demands of university life, for example, having to write essays on a computer."

Operating since 2003 the year-long, free programme offers pupils the chance to rewrite two to three matric subjects to improve their grades and succeed at university with the help of tutors, career counsellors, computer classes and critical thinking classes at no cost.

The programme has seen much success.

In the last four years almost 98% of the programme's graduates have accessed higher education, training or employment. Of these, nearly 83% enrolled in university or further education and training colleges, where they have maintained a more than 90% retention rate.

Go to the organisation's website for more information on its bridging year and tertiary support programmes.

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