Maths boffins hard at work

2015-07-23 06:01
Promaths coordinator Siviwe Minyi and graduate Sandile Tukani who was the top performer among the centre’s 2014 matriculants.

Promaths coordinator Siviwe Minyi and graduate Sandile Tukani who was the top performer among the centre’s 2014 matriculants.

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Lack of support for learners is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to academic excellence in maths and science studies in the country.

But one centre that assists high school learners in Philippi and surrounding areas is determined to address the problem head-on.

The Promaths Centre is based at Sinethemba High School and is run by Kutlwanong Centre for Maths and Science, which, in turn, is funded by Investec.

Promaths was established 10 years ago in Soweto to provide extra lessons in Maths and Physical Science to high school learners.

The Philippi Centre was established three years ago to provide classes to grades 10 to 12.

According to the organisations’ provincial coordinator, Siviwe Minyi, they recently rewarded a group of learners, who proved a cut above the rest.

“We are celebrating because we have managed to produce marks which are above the average of nearby schools.

The learners from the schools that we work with include all the high schools in Philippi, Crossroads and Nyanga’s Sithembele Matiso, and produced good results and the awards was a way of encouraging them to continue working hard,” said Minyi.

“We have had a great success with the programme in the short space of time that we have been working in the community.

Their(learners) results have improved dramatically and we have seen local learners prosper in maths and physics studies,” said.

One of the project’s success stories was Philippi’s Sandile Tukani, who matriculated from Samora Machel’s township’s Sophumela High School last year.

“Sandile matriculated last year with six distinctions, scoring 96% in Mathematics and 94% in science.

He was the centre’s top performing matriculant in 2014 and is still reigning as one of the best perfomers in grade 10 ever,” Shared Minyi.

Tukani is currently studying actuary sciences at the University of Cape Town. Minyi said that even though the initiative was predominantly about assisting high school learners, they do not not discard their learners after matriculating.

“During high school we opened channels of communication with the learners.

We encourage them to do well so that they can improve their chances of receiving bursaries and scholarships,” said Minyi.

He said that the graduates from the program are not stranded at tertiary level as the centre’s alumni helps each other when they face difficulties in their respective fields of studies

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