CAL Lecturer obtains her Masters
“My inspiration comes from the vision I had from the early stages of my life. I always aspired to hold the highest position in the Education sector. I used this as a compass which directed my path towards fulfilling this goal. I am a very competitive person. I strive to excel in everything that I do. One of my reasons was to change the status quo regarding the way the community has labelled our profession as educators,” said a Chief Albert Luthuli lecturer, who just bagged her Educational Psychology Masters from the University of KwaZulu Natal, recently.
Mrs Gugulethu Jiyane said the qualification equipped her with various skills, such as research skills; good writing skills and project management skills. It has equipped me with the ability identify barriers and needs of students and how these may be overcome. “The qualification has helped me to understand and improve how students acquire a variety of capabilities in a classroom setting. I have become a good listener, and have a genuine interest in the well-being of the student,” reiterated Jiyane who plans to study toward a PHD next year.
“In the meantime, I am writing an article on my current topic, which will be published early next year. The journey was not easy. Being a mother, a wife, a spiritual leader as well as holding a full-time job has been quite challenging. It required dedication, self-discipline and commitment. My husband has been a pillar of strength throughout my journey, and that has helped me to cope with my studies,” she explained.
When asked to motivate fellow colleagues to study further, she said, “Don't wait for someone to fulfill your dreams for you. Go out there and do it yourself. Do not be discouraged when things don't go the way you have planned. My motto is: The Sky is just the beginning and not the limit.”