My journey to education: Dr Mogudi recently received her PhD at the age of 64

Date: Sep 27, 2022 | Faculty of Science, News


My mother was a teacher and continuously encouraged us to learn; she was a single parent but always wished that we got educated. I started my primary school in St Michael’s Primary School, Manzini Swaziland.  I came back to South Africa and started my high school education from 1972.

In 1976, I went to Jordan High School in Evaton to begin with Matric, that same year the Soweto uprising started and we could not write the end of the year exams. I studied privately in 1977, wrote my Matric, and received an exemption. I started working from 1977 – 1980 for IMSA a Research company as a transcriber, interviewer, checker as well as a field supervisor.

Following this, I decided to go to the University of the North (Turfloop) in 1981. I begin studying a BCom (Accounting) degree. In 1982, I registered with UNISA but because I was unable to study properly, I stopped my stdies. I had started a family and during this time, I was always assisting my children with their schoolwork. In 1997, I registered with Damelin to upgrade to Mathematics HG, Biology HG and Physical Science HG. After passing the subjects in 1998 I decided to do a BSc degree with Unisa, with 32 modules, I registered 9 modules a year and completed my degree in 2002. I received my BSc degree in 2003, majoring with Chemistry and Microbiology.

In 2004 I managed to register my BSc (Honors) in Chemistry with Rau University (Now the University of Johannesburg). I left for the University of the Free State in 2005 – 2007 under the supervision of Prof Andrea Roodt and Co-supervisor Prof Reinout Meijboom. I submitted my dissertation on the 02/01/2008 for marking and graduated in September 2008.

Unfortunately, my husband became sick and I had to go back home and nurse him, but he died in 2013. In 2015 I went back to study my PhD (Chemistry) with the University of Johannesburg under the supervision of Prof Reinout Meijboom. During my study, i was employed as a demonstrator and tutor, and was awarded a certificate for Tutor of the Year. I started as a full time student and eventually part- time student because I started working. The University of Johannesburg presently employs me since 2016 as a Senior Technician. I submitted my Thesis for marking in January 2020. A few months later, we were in lockdown due to Covid-19. I had the online graduation on the 19th October 2020. .

Eventually I managed to walk the stage on the 12th August 2022.

 

 

Batsile Mogudi

Latest News

| View All News
...

Celebrating outstanding individuals with Ellen Kuzwayo and Alumni Dignitas awards


This year’s Council Awards were littered with endings and beginnings.

...

Electric vehicles are the future of motorised transport, but South…


Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and Principal of

...

Vice-Chancellor Message – 25 November 2022


Dear UJ Community, One of the highlights of our University

...

UJ hockey coaches acknowledged for good coaching prowess


The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) hockey team coaches, Shaun Laubscher

...

Basketball, Cricket, Football to wrap up the 2022 university sport…


For the first full year of university sports tournaments organised