MST INDABA UPLIFTS STUDENTS
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
The John Langalibalele Dube Stadium hosted the Maths, Science and Technology (MST) Indada, organised by eThekwini Municipality, the Department of Education and Inanda Constituency Office on Tuesday.
The objective of the exhibition was to encourage the youth to be involved in the fields of maths, science and technology.
Learners in the Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (PINK) area were exposed to career opportunities in the Science and Technology field.
Zama Hlongwa from the Inanda Constituency said the exhibition has been productive and helpful to the learners.
“During the Indaba we don’t only expose learners to career opportunities but we also give them the necessary resources they will need to pursue these careers,” said Hlongwa.
Inspirational addresses were delivered by speakers from various organisations including RouTech Communications, Department of Education and Prince Misuzulu Zwelithini.
African National Congress MP Hlengiwe Mgabadeli emphasized that learners take their studies seriously.
“Math, Science and Technology are the most crucial subjects and learners tend to deviate from them. We encourage society to work hard to produce dignified citizens through quality education,” she said.
RouTech Communications production manager, Collin Ramabodi said it is important to expose learners in these fields in order to address skills shortages.
He added, “The intervention will help us recruit and fund learners that want to major in the science fields. There is a shortage of engineers and this country is in desperate need of them”.
The learners were given prizes from Casio after answering mathematics sums asked by Deputy Chairman Governance and Human Resources Committee, Dobie Dlamini.
Dlamini said it is crucial for learners to know that this country needs and will always be in need of people skilled in Math and Science.
“We also want to produce Scientists and Engineers from our local townships. Everything around us is science, learners need to excel in Maths and Science and the unemployment rate will surely go down,” said Dlamini.
Representative from Inanda North District Joseph Maluleka said the Indaba would not be a success without the help of all officials present at the vent.
He concluded that the community of Inanda appreciates the support and encouraged learners to persevere and focus on their studies.
RouTech Communication promised bursaries to learners that excel in Maths and Science.