Slippery slope halted in Khulani

2018-03-08 06:00
AIMS student Thobani Hlophe shares a light moment with learners from Khulani Secondary where he and other post graduate maths students the learners during Saturday classes. PHOTO: Bulumko Gana

AIMS student Thobani Hlophe shares a light moment with learners from Khulani Secondary where he and other post graduate maths students the learners during Saturday classes. PHOTO: Bulumko Gana

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Khulani Secondary School in Langa is one that has seen their mathematic results regress in consecutive years.

But they now have a secret weapon up their sleeves. You see, the school’s grade 10 to 12 students are now getting Saturday lesson classes from Masters and PHD students from all over Africa.

The classes are held courtesy of a partnership between Grand West Casino- as part of their Corporate Social Investment(CSI) initiative and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a tertiary and research institution.

The tuition is conducted by students from AIMS in this collaborate effort to get these learners on the right track.

According Grand West’s Celiwe Ngwenya, they had a previous relationship with the school and were more than happy when they were approached to help with the maths crisis in the school.

“This will be the second such initiative since we started in ID Mkhize High School last year, helping them with their maths challenge. The school approached us and told us of the crisis facing them, so we decided to conduct this project,” she said.

Ngwenya said its early days, yet they are confident that this project will yield positive results for the school.

“This is a tried and tested method, what with the good results we achieved with the learners in ID Mkhize High School, we are very confident of a good outcome. Now there is enough opportunity for a one on one with the students,” she added.

MacDonald Chapwanya, a facilitator at AIMS, said that the project was their organisation’s way of giving back.

“These guys live, breathe and eat mathematics, as all of them are studying towards their Masters and PHDs in mathematics.

They were selected to be part of our programme because of their excellence in the subject.

We hope that the young pupils will be motivated that people like them, who come from poor homes, can get to this level of study,” said Chapanywa.

Khulani Secondary Principal Bonakele Busika, said that they had approached the Grand West after realising that they needed to stop their slippery descent towards failure.

“For the past three years we were struggling to hit the 60% threshold in the pass rate, in fact it kept getting worse.

The good thing about this is that other classes are now holding sessions on Saturday. Mathematics is becoming an endangered subject in our schools as children are not performing well(in it),” she said.

Busika said he was excited because in Grade 10, that is where the difficulty lay with mathematics as a subject.

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