Queen Mother of Royal Bafokeng’s name honoured with post-graduate bursaries
• Six new post-graduate bursaries in education awarded
“What you received here today is a privilege and not a right. Take it back to your communities and plough back what you have learnt here.”
This is the message of the Queen Mother, Semane Molotlegi, of the Royal Bafokeng to the recipients of the post-graduate education bursaries.
The faculty of education sciences recently held this bursary presentation ceremony where four students received bursaries for doctoral studies and four for their master’s degree studies. Six of them are new bursaries for post-graduate studies instituted in 2012.
The king’s mother presented the three Semane Molotlegi bursaries for MEd studies to Ms Mercy Kutu (curriculum studies), Astrid Slimmerts (education law) and Mr Shain Jurie Hofmeyer (mathematics education).
She said the bursary holders must remember that teaching does not only take place in the classroom, but that many lessons must be learnt in society. She urged these students to cherish the opportunity that they received. 65 applications in total were received for these bursaries.
Three new Sol Plaatje faculty bursaries for doctoral studies (R100 000 per year for two years) were also announced. The recipients are Verona Cassim (professional development of mathematics teachers), Lea Margaretha Marais (reading literacy) and Boitshepo Audrey Seobi (education management).
The dean’s prestige bursary for doctoral studies was presented to Ms Margaret Rossouw (education law) and the prestige bursary for master’s degree studies was presented to Ms Anja Human (mathematics education). Rossouw passed her MEd with 81 percent and received R150 000 per year for two years. Human passed her BEd Honours with 81,8 percent last year. Her bursary amounts to R120 000 for one year.
The dean of the faculty, Prof Robert Balfour, highlighted the cooperation between the Royal Bafokeng and the faculty as an important contribution to education, and students from this region that are sent to the NWU for training in education sciences. The Queen Mother was also thanked for her personal interest in the faculty’s activities as well as education in general.
The recipients of the post-graduate bursaries at the faculty of education sciences are (front) Audrey Seobi, Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi, Prof Robert Balfour (dean) and Shain Hofmeyer. (Back) Mercy Kutu, Anja Human, Margaret Rossouw, Lea Marais and Astrid Slimmerts.
Profs Amanda Lourens (vice-rector: research and planning), Robert Balfour (dean of the faculty of education sciences), Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi, Prof Mariëtte Lowes (vice-rector: teaching-learning) and Ms Palesa Bungani (department of education in Northwest).
Prof Robert Balfour (dean of the faculty of education sciences), Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi, her daughter, Princess Motswana and Prof Herman van Schalkwyk (rector of the Potchefstroom Campus).