BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
THE record of last year’s drop outs does not mean that our students are incapable because they can unleash their potentials provided that there are avenues present to help them pursue that.
This is according to SINU’s Distance Flexible Learning Centre (DFLC) marketing and promotions officer, Mr Jerry Pakivai.
He stressed that the Centre is currently in preparation to offer two certificates in September this year which are the Preparatory Community Studies Certificate (PCSC) for form 3 and 5 students and the Tertiary Community Studies Certificate (TCSC) for form 6 and 7 students.
Pakivai added that even students from previous years, those who are working and individuals who want to enhance their skills so they can help their communities are welcome to join the classes.
He pointed out that age is not a limit so anyone who is still a keen learner should sign up.
“This is a second chance and a golden opportunity to prove that you can do it so I encourage you to apply,” he said.
Moreover, Pakivai expressed that these certificates are designed as a pathway that gives students options in furthering their students in whichever way they find suitable.
He said that students can learn at home and the classes will not disturb those who are working.
Pakivai explained that form 3 students will have 11 units to do while form 5 students have 9 to 11 units. After having completed these units and receiving their PCSC certificate they can apply for certificate courses at SINU and then apply for diploma or degree courses at the national university or in other tertiary institutions.
Additionally, he said that the other option on the table is continue on to the Tertiary Community Studies Certificate and then apply for scholarship to do diploma or degree courses.
He furthered that in the case of senior forms, they only have 7 units to undertake to upgrade their marks in one of the three streams of Arts, Business or Science and can later apply for certificate courses at SINU and help their communities or apply for a scholarship to do diploma or degree courses.
Interested students and individuals can pick up the application forms from the Centre’s office at Panatina Campus, fill them in and submit them by August. They can also email Mr Pakivai at [email protected]