Kabelo Chabalala
3 minute read
6 Jan 2020
5:18 pm

Varsity life after matric often a very rude awakening for many rural kids

Kabelo Chabalala

A lot of students, particularly black students from the rural areas, struggle to find a balance socially, academically, psychologically and emotionally.

Kabelo Chabalala.

Over the weekend, I spoke to four of my mentees who started their tertiary academic journey in 2017 at respective institutions in Gauteng. As the week for them to return to the city draws closer, we continued our ritual to catch up and find out what they are looking forward to in the new year academically. I must say this: I did not expect the kind of feedback that I got, although it is not surprising at all. I have always been worried about the best-performing learners from the villages and how they fail to perform well at varsity. This...