A start that is more than a beginning

CATEGORY: CEO
DATE: 2 February 2018
AUTHOR: University of Cape Town


The Grade 12 learners who gathered on UCT’s upper campus on Saturday morning, 27 January, in anticipation of hearing about the ‘when’ and ‘where’ of the SHAWCO Saturday School orientation programme received far more than they bargained for as they learnt the ‘why’ of education.

Saturday School, which is facilitated by the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), is an educational programme for Grade 12 learners that aims to improve matric results and assist youngsters from under-resourced schools to gain entrance to the tertiary education system.

Neil de Wet, programme manager of the SHAWCO Academic Interventions Unit, emphasised the importance of punctuality, attendance and discipline. After a teaching career spanning 22 years, including more than a decade in the Middle East, De Wet is a disciplinarian who is unafraid of declaring that he is an “old school type of teacher” and expects 100% attendance and commitment from the learners.

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