WSU six PhD’s to be awarded at September graduation in Mthatha

BY SUPPLIED - SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Inati Ntshanga, CEO of state-owned airline SA Express is set to offer words of encouragement to 678 WSU graduands at the Mthatha Campus graduation ceremony on Tuesday, 22 September.

An overwhelming majority of 390 females will be capped at the NMD Great Hall, in addition to this, 288 males will receive their honours degrees, and 31 of this graduating Cum Laude.

A total of six PhD’s, 22 Masters and 35 Honours degrees are set to be awarded on the day.

Five of the PhD’s will be conferred upon students in the University’s educational sciences faculty, whilst the health sciences faculty’s Dr Kiran Sukeri will receive the remaining accolade.

“WSU continues to participate, produce and champion research that speaks to critical issues relating to her immediate context for the betterment of the communities she serves. For this we acknowledge the important work being done by our students and researchers in giving rise to knowledge, scientific and evidence-based solutions,” says WSU Acting Spokesman Thando Cezula.

Cezula says in a country grappling with a shift in focus from a natural and mineral resource- based economy to a knowledge-based economy, research needs to be positioned at the forefront of this endeavour for this vision to come to fruition.

The PhD theses look at a number of issues, including and titled as:

  •  “Opening doors: Investigating mental health services delivery in the Eastern Cape to develop an integrated service plan” by Dr Kiran Sukeri;
  •  “Collaboration amongst parents, teachers and school managers in the prevention of teenage-learner pregnancy in secondary schools”;
  •  “Factors impacting on teachers’ professionalism at secondary schools in the Elliotdale circuit of the Idutywa education district”;
  •  “An assessment of the effectiveness of adult basic education and training provision in the Eastern Cape”;
  •  “Exploring the curriculum content knowledge and skills bearing acquired by Advanced Certificate in Education graduates in a selected institution of higher learning”;
  •  “The effectiveness of teachers’ instructional strategies in diverse classrooms in the education district of East London”; and
  •  “Learners attitudes influencing their performance in the study of mathematics in seven selected senior secondary schools in the Mthatha education district”;

 

CAPTION: The health sciences faculty had five PhD graduates in the May graduation.