… a little bit of this, that and a lot more

This is a quick rant.

 TA is in Grade 9, a year in which they are expected to finalise their subject choices for the rest of their scholastic careers. We had presentations from the school w.r.t. what subjects they offer as well as what career choices they will have depending on the area they decide to focus on. I was very impressed by this.

Why was I impressed – we never had these benefits. Nor guidance. Choosing a career was easy (not) – your options was either teacher, nurse, doctor or flight attendant. There was no other (better) options. Ok, there were, but I didn’t know of any. And I was told to swot maths, science and accounting. No choice given (nice Dad, huh?). It was regarded that these subjects might just help me with my vocation. HAH.

 So having gone through this process at the school with the TA, I was really comfortable that TA and all the other scholars, had sufficient information to make their decisions. They also had the support from the school and of course, parents.

 At no point were we told some of the subjects might not be offered as they did not have staff. Nor did they indicate that they might have any other challenges offering any of these subjects.

TA wants to do engineering or architecture. This has been his sing-song for the past two years. We took him seriously two weeks ago when he confirmed his ambitions. Only to find that the school will not be offering EGD (Engineering & Graphic Design – required for admission to university).

So I am pissed off. The school informed me that they were unable to secure a teacher for the 2010 Gr 10 class. They are only able to fulfill their obligations for the current classes from 10 – 12.

Where does that leave us and other parents – we have to find new schools which offer this subject.

I am slightly peeved (understatement) as we liked this school and the teachers (well most of them) as they satisfied just about all our expectations. It was close to home. All TA’s friends are there. For the past decade or so – an excellent track record on their matric passrate.

There are only 3 schools in PTA which offer EGD – schools I’ve visited before and have good reputations. BUT – tiniest problem – we do not fall within their feeder area.

They have upset my apple cart.

Wish me luck with the hunt.

Have an awesome day, everyone



Comments on: "Dont Tamper with My Boxes" (24)

  1. pinkpolkadot said:

    This is so sad!! Good luck with the search, it is not easy for a child to change schools – Did you speak to the university to enquire whether he definitely needs that subject before he will be accepted?

  2. Mahesi said:

    Ditto PPD, Good luck Diz.

  3. Sundancer said:

    What a horrible situation especially if your child is happy where he is. Good luck with finding another school though.

  4. Same shit different day said:

    Oy – good luck Diz 😦

  5. Killakat said:

    The ones I am looking at actually said no, it’s not, but this might change. This is also what was presented to us by the dept.On the one hand, I think he should stay there, but on the other….

  6. JoDay said:

    I would probably keep him where he is and see if there was a way for him to take the extra subjects (if he needs them) via corrospondence.Good luck, my friend. xxx

  7. ishouldbeworking said:

    Sho, when i was in school (less than a decade ago) i didnt need EGD to go studying engineering. I could see how it could be to ones advantage to have it but i dont think its essential at all.

  8. DjinnDeamon said:

    Wow, sounds like a mission and a half. Goodluck Captain Dizzy, may the wors be with you πŸ™‚

  9. PaulNicholas said:

    Is it possible for him to take extra mural classes? Does the University have any suggestions?

  10. bronnie.l said:

    I dont see why he needs that odd subject to get into engineering or architecture. IF he has higher grade maths and science that should be enough for either course. (tukkies will only take him for architecture if he has science in fact, but the other universities this is not a problem – but for UCT he will require an art portfolio) I would also tell him to think carefully abotu architecture as it is very long with no guranteed work whereas engineering is considerably more flexible on graduation…

  11. Killakat said:

    So far, ony Maths, Science and LO is a must. There is a possibility that they may later include EGD for their APO …Extra murals or a later course could be an option too

  12. Killakat said:

    Hey LC, that sounds like sound advice. Speaking from experience? ;)TA insists he will have more career options if he does have EGD. Right now we’ll be happy if we can get him into a school that does offer it, but if not, he will have to accept and maybe do it later

  13. Killakat said:

    Yes, it’s just so inconvenient.

  14. Killakat said:

    I hope so. The school will also provide a letter of in support. We hold thumbs now

  15. Killakat said:

    LOL! Thanks old evil one πŸ˜‰

  16. Killakat said:

    Thanks Jo, that is something to consider. I don’t feel so glum about this anymore…

  17. Killakat said:

    Yip, to his advantage yes, if we’re not successful, he’ll have to do it as an extra subject via college later

  18. Killakat said:

    Thanks Wild One xxx

  19. Killakat said:

    Exactly. But at first he was upset about it, now he’s looking forward to the change. If it happens.

  20. NARITHA said:

    Good morning :)((((HUGS))))

  21. JoDay said:

    πŸ™‚ x

  22. bronnie.l said:

    Dizzy, I can’t speak from experience RE: the mystery subject. They only offered the basics at my school and it opened all the doors I needed so long as I clocked the marks. also can’t say what requirements are today, but I know I am spot on for applications from when I applied… I was a very confused child. (We can take this offline if you want more pros and cons from my point of view!)

  23. bronnie.l said:

    also, I’d say Pretoria Boys back then prob had the highest concentration of students at Tukkies from the english speaking schools in Pretoria. (then again. they are also HUGE!)

  24. Killakat said:

    LOL! yes they are, we are contemplating BH. But jeez, their fees…Will space you

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