Go back to school, but not high school

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The year has started off with a bang! Now it’s time to start chasing those dreams. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go back to school, you might be worried that it’s too late to register. Don’t worry - we got you covered. Here are a few options to better your education and win at life all without going back to high-school.

After-school ABET classes

ABET or Adult Basic Education and Training is a program run by the department of basic education designed to give out of school adults the chance to complete their schooling. Getting your matric through ABET is easy. You can attend classes in FET colleges in your community or at high schools offering ABET classes in the afternoons and evenings. To find out more information, how much it will cost and to see which training centres are near you, visit www.abet.co.za

Study a technical course at a TVET/FET college

Gone are the days where boys were the only ones with career options in the technical field. As an alternative to a traditional matric certificate, you can register for a technical qualification at a TVET/FET college. There you can study to become anything, from being an electrician, plumber to an events manager or a bookkeeper. When you are done with your courses, you will have the same level of education as someone who did an academic matric, however, you will have a technical skill set. There are TVET colleges all around the country offering a variety of courses. For more information you can visit www.tvetcolleges.co.za

Apply for a learnership

If you’re looking to earn a living while getting an education, you can apply for a learnership. Some learnerships are offered to out of school young adults who are looking to gain practical experience in a career while studying. Do some research before applying to see if you qualify and if the learnership is offered in your area. Most learnerships pay a stipend so you earn while you learn. For more information on learnerships visit http://careerswithoutmatric.co.za/learnerships/

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Hy....thanks for this information I also have Abet qualification but Hardly to get learnership 💔 And am also hardly to interact with people 💔😓

July 31, 2022, 8:53 p.m.



July 28, 2022, 8:14 p.m.

I want to learn iam are drop out schools & I have 2kids I'm not working and its hard ,I don't know how to balance my life ,and its hard coz I have no parents I feel like having are job ,my life can be batter,iam in need so does my kids I don't where to start,

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hey Springster thanks for your comment. It is awesome that you have decided that you would like to pursue an education and improve your life and the lives of your children. You can read the following article on ABET schooling, an option that you can consider http://za.heyspringster.com/sections/my-future/how-i-finished-my-schooling-through-abet/ Good luck!

Hi I want to do my Grade 12 I didn't pass so I want to go back to school am not working plz help me

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hey there... i think you should go to any nearest college with you nd rewrite only those subjects you never did well on them ...after you'll take it from there...

You gona first let us know which streams of 3you were studying than we can be able to help you.Because for example a commerce student cannot sit around (hear me am not saying you're sitting around OK ) wherelse he she studied ecco. Bus .studies no open job oppoturnity be a self employee or open a politics organization plz do something..

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Hi I would like to be an actress but I did not finish matrix I dropped out doing grade 11 what can I do to persue my dream

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Which is better to study .. Human Resources or culinary?

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

just finished matrix last year I need a job what can I do

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

just finished matric so I didn't go well only failed 2 subjects so I want to study again so that I can pass grade12 please help

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Its better you start preparing to write supplementary examinations because you cant be something or someone in life without matric! GOOD LUCK IF YOU'RE SUP.

Hey Guys am Ntombii.. This year am doing grade 12 and I critically don't know what I want in future.. Help me plz What should I do??

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Hey guys I matriculate 2016.I got a diploma I failed my biology.But wants to study nursing.Can I still do medical?

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hi Springster, we think you should go upgrade your marks for biology. When you've completed that you can apply to do nursing.

Dine can I ask you something ? Before you can upgrade your biology, how much is your Admission point Score(APS), Diploma in nursing university of johannesburg APS 24, English level four, mathematics level three, Diploma in nursing University of Northwest Aps 20 mathematics level three and English level three, if you want my assist, don't hesitate to ask me, SpringSter

Thabang can you please help me because I'm in the same situation as Dine

I've been trying to find out moré about Abet but now i know where to start thanks you Springster a lot

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey Dora, we are really glad we could help you! Good luck with applying and remember that Springster's always got your back!

Hi Springster, l've been trying to found any university that can take me with level one in Mathematics, I have matriculat in 2015, i obtain three distinction in Accounting, Physical Science and Life Sciences, my Aps was 35, I wanted to study Bcom accounting after matric, so there was no University that can accept me to do Bcom accounting Science with level one in Mathematics, i apply in many university, Uj,Uct, Unw just to name few but I just received declines in all Varsity, I didn't Perceived anything by that time about Varsity, but my maths teacher just advice me to upgrade mathematics,in 2016 I just upgrade mathematics she keep on assisting me, then I manage to get level five in mathematics this time, now am studying Bcom accounting University of Capetown, Springster I can just advice you not to give up in life, believe in your heart, can a purpose to start, cause you can't make an omlette without breaking eggs, in life sometimes they don't go the way we wanted them

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hello Thabangsibanda Thank you for sharing this with us. It is good to know that you didn't give up on your dreams of studying Bcom Accounting. This shows that if you put the effort and work hard your dreams can come true. We are proud of you Springster.

Gabi thanks am in love with this group although am a guy, I have learn alot about chicks, but I have a problem my Springster app, Sometimes it doesn't give me the access to Comment, and I really love this group, So I was suggesting how about I create a Springster Facebook group?