Learning nurtured

2018-10-03 06:01
Involved in the Reading Coach Programme in De Aar are, from the left, front: Gideon Basson, Anam Voko, Nthuseng Kabi, Samantha Moses and Yolandi Baartman; back: Percival Meyer, Loyiso Mva, Branco Frazer and Aloicius Marks. Photo: Supplied

Involved in the Reading Coach Programme in De Aar are, from the left, front: Gideon Basson, Anam Voko, Nthuseng Kabi, Samantha Moses and Yolandi Baartman; back: Percival Meyer, Loyiso Mva, Branco Frazer and Aloicius Marks. Photo: Supplied

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School reading coaches in the Northern Cape are taking up the opportunity to further their career through a bursary programme funded by Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power.

“The bursaries are all education focused, as we would like to foster an interest in the teaching occupation while helping to address the national shortage of quality educational practitioners,” Hlengiwe Radebe, economic development director of the two solar farms was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to Basie Mathane, director for the General Education and Training (GET) Curriculum at the Northern Cape Department of Education, the department is encouraged by the role that Droogfontein Solar Power has continued to play providing quality education.

Part of the bursary agreement is for the recipients to remain active as coaches in the Reading Coach Programme, while completing their further education.

“This ensures that coaches continue to earn a living whilst studying. Furthermore, they continue to gain learner-coach experience.”

Elaborating on the establishment of the programme, Mathane said in 2016 the Department of Basic Education participated in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

“A high percentage of Gr. 4 learners did not reach the minimum benchmark for reading literacy, while the Gr. 5 learners showed marginal improvement.

“Evaluations consistently revealed failure to adequately address foundational competency in the lower grades as the root cause.

“This then resulted in the department forming a partnership with Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, with the aim of improving performance.”

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