Learners crack the grade in Maths despite challenges

2016-09-01 06:00
Sizamkele Vutela, Grade 6 learner, Mncedisi Soga, maths teacher and Sesethu Mafuya, Grade 5 learner are happy for the achievment of Vuyani Public Primary School, in Gugulethu.

Sizamkele Vutela, Grade 6 learner, Mncedisi Soga, maths teacher and Sesethu Mafuya, Grade 5 learner are happy for the achievment of Vuyani Public Primary School, in Gugulethu.

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Vuyani Public Primary School scooped the third position during the Mathematic Competition at Islamic College School in Rondebosch on Saturday.

The district competition was hosted by the Metro Central Education District (MCED).

The district categorized its schools into seven regions and Vuyani Public Primary School was participating in Region seven.

Sesethu Mafuya, a Grade 5 learner, ensured that her school get the third position through her hard work.

Sizamkele Vutela, a Grade 6 learner also performed well but could not make it to the finals.

Vutela managed to obtain 60% of the total mark of the Mathematics competition. This is the second consecutive year that the School participates and wins in this competition.

Mahlubi Ngqukuvana, the principal of Vuyani Public Primary School said Mokone Primary School, Siyazingisa Primary School and his school Maths teachers are more concerned with the language in which learners are taught at township schools.

He said these learners are taught Maths through code switching but they still manage to participate against learners who use English and Afrikaans as their mother tongue.

“The Maths teachers support and encourage the concept of cluster meetings in township schools but are more worried about the lack of bursars to fund these learners. Business people around the townships seem to turn a blind eye when they have to support and encourage such learners to take it to greater heights. Another concern from Maths teachers is the ever increasing number of burglaries in our township schools that would have bad results in our learners,” he said.

Ngqukuvana also said school resources that are valuable and needed by these learners are stolen in each burglary. These include Maths kits, tablets, computer laboratories and many useful valuable resources that support the education of the underprivileged and poor African child.

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