Maths, Science learning aided

2019-10-02 06:01
Some of the teachers who participated in the Science-for-the-Future (S4F) programme, which focuses on equipping Mathematics and Science teachers, at the University of the Free State (UFS). From the left are Zanyile Xhuma, Thandiwe Tsoela (both of the Ihobe Primary School), Dikeledi Maile (Relebetse Primary School) and Constance Nyangane (Tebelelo Primary School). Photo: Teboho Setena

Some of the teachers who participated in the Science-for-the-Future (S4F) programme, which focuses on equipping Mathematics and Science teachers, at the University of the Free State (UFS). From the left are Zanyile Xhuma, Thandiwe Tsoela (both of the Ihobe Primary School), Dikeledi Maile (Relebetse Primary School) and Constance Nyangane (Tebelelo Primary School). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The successful implementation of the Science-for-the-Future (S4F) programme in the Free State will soon benefit other provinces.

This is an innovative partnership between the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) and the University of the Free State (UFS), undertaken through the institution’s Faculty of Education.

Plans to extend it to other universities were announced at the launch held at the UFS Campus in Bloemfontein on 20 September. This innovative programme has been set up for training Mathematics and Science teachers, as well as to support learners.

Due to its success it will be extended to six universities in South Africa: the Nelson Mandela University, Walter Sisulu University, Sol Plaatje University, University of Limpopo, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Mpumalanga.

It is envisaged it will reach over 30 000 teachers, learners and parents in seven provinces, especially learners in rural areas, improving their performance in Mathematics and Science.

“Teachers’ subject content knowledge, teaching skills, teaching resources at school and at home, parental involvement and the language of learning and teaching that differs from home languages were identified as factors that impact effective teaching and learning for Maths and Science,” said Dr Cobus van Breda, the S4F programme director.

This year, teachers from 47 primary schools in the Motheo District participated in the Family Maths and Key Concepts in Science programmes of the S4F.

Teachers received resources to improve their skills and content knowledge in Mathematics and Science.

The teachers drive parental involvement by including and training parents in some of the activities that the learners do at school, thereby helping learners improve their performance in Mathematics and Science.

Dumisani Nkabinde, Sanral manager for the eastern region (Free State and Kwa­Zulu-Natal), said the initiative’s success could be measured in the improved performances by learners in Mathematics and Science at matric level in the Free State.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Puleng LenkaBula, vice-rector for Institutional Change, Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the UFS, applauded the agency for valuing higher education and partnering with the university in the development of education.

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