Minds sharpened

2015-09-16 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Faculty of Education on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State is giving gr. 10 and gr. 12 learners access to the best laboratories in the region.

This successful programme started in 2013 with the Thokoana Makaota Secondary School. This year, it is the turn of the Bluegumsbosch Secondary School.

Dr Lekhooe Letsie of the Faculty’s School of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Education said the programme’s contribution was aimed at improving the learners’ performance in the critical subjects like Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Geography.

He said this was done by exposing learners to the best teaching experience whilst still at school.

“The programme also helps in sharpening our own skills in respect of our final-year and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students, who help these learners under strict supervision,” Letsie said.

Nkosinathi Tshabalala, a PGCE Biology and Geography student, said they did their best to get to the level of the young minds, and they were grateful that they could make a positive contribution. The learners were actively engaged in assembling an atoms and molecules model, which seemed to be a very enjoyable exercise.

“Their inquisitive minds make it easier for us to explain and show some of these concepts practically so that they can learn more than what their textbooks teach them,” explained Londeka Dlamini, a final-year FET BEd English and Biology student.

“I thoroughly enjoy myself when I am here, and our teachers really make an effort to make sure we understand. They are easy to approach and always willing to help,” said Kamohelo Semonyo, an aspiring sound engineer.

Students are bussed in every Monday and Wednesday

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