5 PhD’s for WSU’s education faculty

MAY 4, 2016

WSU’s education faculty will celebrate the conferring of five PhD’s upon its students during the Mthatha leg of proceedings on Friday 13 May.

The faculty will be the only one conferring PhD’s during the upcoming May graduation ceremony set to take place across the University’s campuses in Butterworth, Buffalo City, Queenstown and Mthatha from 5 -13 May.

Another 23 Masters graduands in WSU’s faculties of natural sciences, health sciences and education will exemplify with great gusto the University’s tireless efforts to confront the multitude of problems facing the Eastern Cape using scientific-based solutions when they receive their qualifications.

The theses and dissertations of the five PhDs and 23 Masters graduands are premised largely on Eastern Cape-based issues and cover varied disciplines such as psychology, physiology, pathology, microbiology, education, chemistry, social work and geography.

Some of the research looked at pertinent issues such as:

  • ”Challenges faced by teachers in applying reading strategies when teaching English reading in the foundation phase in Mthatha”
  • ”An investigation whether section 21 school funds are directed towards achieving their intended purpose in selected schools – Libode Mega District”
  • ”Social factors influencing adolescent drug abuse: A case study of selected junior secondary schools in Butterworth District of EC”
  • “Termination of pregnancy: The Cecelia Makiwane Hospital experience”
  •  “Understanding pregnant women’s perspective of late booking for antenatal care services in Mthatha”
  • “The experience of non-psychiatric trained nurses caring for the mentally ill on 72-hour observation in a listed hospital in EC”
  •  “Assessing the determinants and risk factors of cardiovascular disease among rural adults in the Joe Gqabi District”
  • The efficacy of the socio-economic impacts of new Ncirhana Water Supply System in Elliotdale”
  • “Impacts of severe storms on rural livelihoods: A case study of the O.R Tambo District Municipality”
  • “Perceptions of public service delivery protests by the municipality officials with specific reference to EC”
  • “Structural and psychological barriers on adherence to ARV’s fixed dose pill in HIV+ patients at Empilweni Gompo Community Health Centre in East London”

WSU Spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo was quick to highlight the pertinence of the research being conducted by the graduands.

“As a largely rural-based institution working within this context, it’s absolutely critical that WSU, through its teaching, learning and research, produces graduates that possess the necessary skills and expertise to create workable solutions in varied arenas,” said Tukwayo.

 A total of 4 787 students will be capped, with a majority of these being females (2 824) and the rest being males (1 963).

Over 100 postgraduate degrees are set to awarded; 74 Honours, 23 Masters, and 5 PhD’s.