School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Masters study shines the spotlight on home-schooling

Ms Nonkululeko Dlamini, who graduated with a Masters degree in Population Studies examined the history of home-schooling in South Africa, its advantages and disadvantages, the reasons why parents choose to home-school their children, the impact of home-schooling, and curriculum options.
Ms Nonkululeko Dlamini.

Her dissertation also discussed regulation of home-schooling and the home-schooling population’s response to such regulation.

‘Although, home-schooling has received significant coverage in South African media, there is relatively little academic research on this subject,’ said Dlamini.  This motivated her to investigate how this form of education could contribute to fulfilling the country’s needs.

The study found that that home-schooling is a life changing decision, which requires discipline and commitment from parent educators and their children. ‘There are various benefits associated with home-schooling, but the most common advantage is that home-schooling presents families with the opportunity to grow and develop together, creating a rare bond.’

According to Dlamini, parents seek a holistic approach to education that is of a high quality and believe that they are best placed to provide such, as they know their children best. ‘Parents believe that home-schooling provides  the opportunity to customise education to suit the needs and interests of each child. Each child can progress at his or her own pace according to their strengths and weaknesses,’ she added.

The study adds to the body of knowledge on home-schooling in South Africa and highlights parents’ good and bad experiences as home educators.

Dlamini thanked her family, friends and supervisor Professor Pranitha Maharaj for their support. She plans to continue her postgraduate studies, gain work experience and one day travel the world as a Population Scientist.

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Ms Zandile Msimango

Masters student lands top Project Management Job

Masters student in Community Development Ms Zandile Msimango has landed a top position in Project Management at Ilitha Research and Management Consultants. She will be responsible for research, project planning and management for some of the company’s clients, enabling her to put her skills to good use and to lay the foundation to achieve her goals.

Professor Brian Kearney and Ms Michele Jacobs with some of the drawings and work from the UKZN architecture archives that feature in The Berea Style publication.

UKZN Architecture drawings and work feature in The Berea Style

Curator of the UKZN Architecture library archives Ms Michele Jacobs and Emeritus Professor in the architecture discipline Brian Kearney recently exhibited prints of original and measured drawings of a vast array of KwaZulu-Natal buildings done by UKZN students and other architects.

From left: Mr Juan Solis (UKZN), Mr Lawrence Ogunsanya (UKZN), winner Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo and Mr Chris Mungle (Corobrik Sales Manager, eThekwini).

UKZN students win top architectural awards

Architecture student Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo was named winner of the Corobrik Regional Architecture Award. He received R10 000 in prize-money, with Master’s student Mr Kireshen Chetty taking the second prize of R8 000, and Mr Mthokozisi Sibisi receiving R6 000 for third place. A further R6 000 was awarded to Mr Mbuso Msipho for the innovative use of clay masonry in his building design.