Stuck between a rock and a science degree

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.

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

To hear more views from parents and students listen here:


This article first appeared on 702 : Stuck between a rock and a science degree


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