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South Africa: Organisation Helps Matriculants Get into University
Source: African Education Newsletter
Source Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 31, 2014

The organisation cites Sinazo Bunu as a success story. She is from Makhaza Khayelitsha and is a 2010 graduate of the programme. She is currently in her third year studying at Rhodes University. Bunu says, "Through the programme I gained lots of skills. I grew and my marks improved. I got exposed to different environments, my English and computer skills also improved." The Bridging Year Programme Manager, Sean Wilson said, "A Bachelor's Pass is required to gain entry into the program. The Bridging Year Program is intended to assist many candidates whose Bachelor's Pass is not good enough to gain entry into a course of study."
"Our offices are located in Mowbray while the programme is directly connected to Phillipi High, Sinethemba, Intsebenziswano, Zisukhanyo and Sophumelela Secondary schools. We take in applications from the existing schools, as we have relationships with them, but we are open to applications from anywhere else as well."
Wilson said the programme is fully funded. Beneficiaries are chosen based on their matric results and personal qualities. Usually the students have a bachelor's pass but have not been able to gain entry into a tertiary institution.
Since 2003, 110 young people have participated in the programme.

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