Homework centre improves learning

2016-02-18 06:00
Pupils and parents listen intently as coordinators of the homework centre explain its role in education.x

Pupils and parents listen intently as coordinators of the homework centre explain its role in education.x

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THE Buffelsdale Homework Centre­ held an open day at the weekend to promote use of its services, which began at the start of the year to boost education in the community­.

The centre was started as a partnership between Buffelsdale Secondary School and the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society (TCW) in September­ 2015 to promote after-school learning ahead of exams.

The project started early to ensure pupils are given an environment in which to study and complete their homework throughout the year with supervision of a homework monitor.

TCW social worker and homework centre co-ordinator, Nomi Ganyile, said the homework monitor, Rani Naidoo­, will supervise and assist pupils­ at the centre, which is a conducive learning environment in the school library.

“This is aimed at giving pupils a place where they can complete their school work in a safe environment with an adult and where they have access to books and computers,” said Ganyile. “The centre is open to all pupils­ and we encourage parents and children to use these facilities because it will help them with their school work, assignments and other assessments.”

Buffesldale Secondary principal, Dr SK Singh, said the idea of the centre is to create a safe environment for pupils to work in after school.

Singh said some pupils wait for parents­ to come home from work to assist them with their school work and by that time pupils are tired, so the centre hopes to address such problems by providing a place they can work in during the day with assistance of an adult.

“The centre will improve on the quality of passes by pupils,” said Singh.

Singh encouraged pupils to take advantage of the supervised learning, access to typing resources and books at the library.

The centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 2.30pm-5pm and on Saturdays, from 9am-1pm and will be run throughout the school year.

Primary and secondary school pupils are welcome to attend the homework centre at no cost.

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