Professor Jonathan Jansen, the rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State shared a scenario that most parents and university students can relate to.
His Facebook post reads as follows:
"Interesting case. Child obtains 100% in math and science every year. But really wants to do art, in which she is very average but also very happy and fulfilled. The parents insist she do math and science because she's good in these subjects and will find a good job. How would YOU advise the parents? What if it were your child? Talk to me."
Azania Mosaka shared her personal encounter of facing the same pressure when she was discouraged from pursuing art as a subject in high school.
Mosaka received varying responses from her listeners and Twitter users.
@Azania_ study whatever you want and become a management consultant *shrugs*— Karabo K. Kgoleng (@KaraboKgoleng) March 23, 2017
@azania my son got 6 distinctions in matric and studied arts. Tonite he is acting as a qMexican to bring in the bacon. He loves his job.— Sandra Queiroz (@Sands_Q) March 23, 2017
@Azania_ Children must be allowed to choose their passion - it's the first advice given to students at the university fairs over here— Felicity (@hearty_harty) March 23, 2017
We as parents shouldn't expect our kids to be what we want them to be.— Ginger, caller
We left it to him, we told him whatever he wanted to do we'll support him, he did choose engineering in the end.— Nevani, caller
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This article first appeared on 702 : Stuck between a rock and a science degree