Maths hub gives learners hope

2020-02-11 06:01
Students listen attentively at the Math Support Hub at Christel House South Africa in Ottery.

Students listen attentively at the Math Support Hub at Christel House South Africa in Ottery.

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Christel House South Africa in Ottery is one of four schools that are benefitting from a Math Support Hub in partnership with one of the country’s leading banks.

The partnership is made possible through the bank’s foundation, a non-profit organisation that manages corporate social investment initiatives for the bank.

The Math Support Hub, hosted weekly at Christel House, offers math tutorial sessions to 200 Grade 10 and 11 students who achieve an average grade of between 30% and 65%. Participating schools include Groenvlei, Wittebome, Fairmount high schools and Christel House SA. Tutoring sessions focus on helping students understand challenging math concepts and takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Through funding by the foundation, all 200 students receive transport to each session, various math resources and daily meals.

The national pass rate for mathematics in 2019 was 54.6%, which dropped from 58% in 2018. According to the national department of basic education, there has also been a national decline in students who have written the Grade 12 math exams since 2015.

“Capitec Foundation invests in the improvement of maths performances for high school learners, to enable them access to a variety of career choices beyond matric, especially scarce skills essential for the advancement of our economy. The math support programme offers learners incremental maths support, whilst giving university teaching students opportunities to sharpen their teaching skills. We collaborated with Christel House to serve as a hub, supporting learners from surrounding schools, leveraging on each other’s offering for a greater benefit of the community,” said Neptal Khoza, the head of corporate social investment at the foundation.

Christel House had a 99% matric pass rate average and was a therefore chosen as a hub for the math programme. “Christel House has been serving impoverished communities on the Cape Flats for 19 years. We know that the main difference between children in poorer communities versus those in more affluent areas is opportunity. We are so thankful to Capitec for providing our students and students from school’s in our surrounding communities with extra maths tutoring assistance and we are privileged to facilitate the Maths Support Hub,” said Adri Marais, chief executive officer of Christel House SA.

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