A small group of grade 10 to 12 learners from iDutywa’s Nomaka Mbeki High school were given a short tour of WSU’s Applied Sciences department as part of their educational tour to East London.


The tour focused on showing, informing and educating the learners about the programmes within the department, namely consumer sciences and hospitality. (IT DOESN’T FIT). As part of the tour, the learners were shown food products produced by the consumer sciences’ students and were also treated to a viewing of how hospitality students dress.


Academic Development Coordinator, Ntombembasa Rebe spoke to the learners about the subjects they need to choose in high school in order to qualify to for consumer sciences and hospitality. She was also on hand to speak about the differences between the two courses.


“The difference between the two programmes is that hospitality deals with marketing the food product whereas consumer sciences focuses on the development of the products,” said Rebe.


After the presentation the learners were shown around the institution, an exercise that entailed a tour of the wine cellar, the Hospitality kitchen and followed by the serving of tea and scones at the institution’s Nkqubela Restaurant at College Street Site.


Lab Technician and wine course lecturer, Veronica Melane spoke at great length about the importance of informing these pupils about the course.


“People often think that consumer sciences is mainly about cooking but that is not the case. Our aim has been to inform these learners about the different aspects involved such as product development, food production and quality control,” she said.


First year hospitality student, Sibongiseni Majova said he’d recommend the programme to the pupils because of its versatility and interesting dynamics. .


“Hospitality is a very interesting course as it teaches you to be humble and neat and gives you more options to choose from when it comes to choosing a career path,” said Majova.


Consumer Studies teacher Vesta Mdlulwa said she was glad that WSU had hosted the school as they would now be able to assist students better when the time comes for the ninth grade to choose subject.


“We’ve learnt a lot from this event and as such have more knowledge about the applied sciences department and so we’ll be able to assist our learners when it comes to subject choices, that’s for those who might be interested in studying consumer sciences,” said Mdlulwa.


Grade 12 learner Asanda Thofu said the programmes sounded interesting and that they were qualifications she’d be interested in pursuing.


By: Vuyolwethu Nzolongwane

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