Tumisang Mohoto is a 17-year-old grade 11 Maths and Sciences pupil at Mphethi Mahlatsi Secondary School. As part of Afrika Tikkun’s career development focus in October, Tumisang engaged the Gradesmatch website, which aligns learners with their ideal careers based on their academic performance, and not necessarily on what they love. Gradesmatch also assists learners in choosing higher education institutions.
Tumisang would love to study Actuarial Science or Law at the University of Witwatersrand or the University of Cape Town. He’s drawn to Actuarial Science is because he strongly believes black representation in the industry is still very low, something he sees this as an opportunity. On the other hand, Tumisang’s interest in law stems from his consistently good performance in history. He also loves critical thinking, public speaking and debating.
At Afrika Tikkun’s Arekopaneng Centre in Alexandra, Tumisang’s participation in centre-level activities like Spelling Bee, and Quiz and Debate and has helped build his confidence, developed his critical thinking skills, sharpened his public speaking and oral presentation skills and forced him to be more solution-oriented.
While he was grateful for the insight presented by Gradesmatch, Tumisang was disappointed when Afrika Tikkun couldn’t host the annual Career Day because of the national lockdown. “I believe learners should be motivated about subject choices in grade 9 and more of them should pursue maths and science because it helps in problem solving,” Tumisang stated.