Surprisingly High Interest in Daytime Classes
Mukhanyo’s Rustenburg Advanced Learning Centre has experienced a good start to the year. There has been a surprisingly high intake of daytime students. A year ago, there were only a few daytime students, but this year there are nine new Higher Certificate students. We thank the Lord for this development.
This increased number of daytime students has had a marked effect on the atmosphere during the day classes, and also on the learning experience of students.
The centre’s schedule caters to both daytime and evening classes to ensure that those who are working also have an opportunity to study through Mukhanyo Theological College. This has required a good number of lecturers – six lecturers, in fact – to be able to handle such a workload.
The lecturing and mentoring staff consist of Dr Juan Mienie, Dr Danie de Kock, Rev. Karabo Msiza, Rev. Arthur Pringle, Dr John Span, and Mrs Anne Span. Other staff include Dr Eben le Roux (management) and Mrs Annah Moemise (library and administrative support).
The demand for evening classes has remained constant with seven Higher Certificate students and four Focus programme students. There are also four more Focus students on Wednesday evenings as distance students. Due to the low cost and accessibility through local church partners, we are hoping that the Focus distance initiative will be able to attract more students in the future.
Four students graduated with Higher Certificates at the graduation ceremony in March 2022. Additionally, a pastors’ conference was held on January 22, attended by many pastors and friends from the Rustenburg area, with presentations by Rev. Tebogo Mogale, Dr Brian DeVries and Rev. Francois Mookisi. Rev Isaac Maleke, Mukhanyo’s Dean of Students, visited in March to support students.
Overall, the picture at the Rustenburg Centre seems to be positive, and we thank the Lord for His mercy. Now that the foundation has been laid, we are planning for further growth both in student numbers and also additional programmes.