Efforts to help to help improve pass rate

2019-07-02 06:01
The proud top achievers.

The proud top achievers.

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GrandWest in partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC) offered tutoring sessions to learners at AZ Berman High School from February to June.

The 12-week programme concluded with a celebratory event at Tafelsig High School hall on Saturday 8 June, to celebrate the top 10 achievers.

Lorraine Bailey, acting head of curriculum of Metro South, represented the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), while Mervyn Naidoo, general manager of GrandWest, presented the top 10 learners with their awards.

Genevieve Smith, GrandWest’s sustainability manager, said the Grade 8 learners were tutored on the school’s premises every Saturday and the focus was peer mentoring and learners helped each other to understand what was being taught.

AIMSSEC is a non-profit organisation that provides professional development courses for mathematics teachers, particularly to improve subject knowledge and empower teachers from disadvantaged rural and township communities.

The intervention by the two parties came as a result of a statement that was made by the provincial department of education. The statement revealed that only five out of approximately 240 learners in Grade 8 at AZ Berman High School had passed maths. It furthermore read the National Department of Education has set the pass mark to 40%, and this was the highest mark achieved in the entire grade.

According to a statement by GrandWest, the results of the learners improved dramatically, with the top 10 learners getting between 88% and 73%. They reckoned this achievement is even more exceptional considering just how under-resourced the school is.

Smith added even though the learners are done with the programme, the partnership and mentoring from the AIMSSEC members will not end. She said the aim is to monitor the progress of the learners.

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