THE Ugu District Department of Education, NPC Intercement, and the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Maths Education (CASME), in partnership with the South Coast Education Project, hosted the 2018 TLS-GET Awards at the Genesis Youth centre last Wednesday. The function hosted teachers, education officials, and pupils who excelled in Mathematics and English from all over the district. The awards sought to acknowledge pupils in the district from grade four to seven who had performed well in the annual Mathematics and English Olympiad competition for 2018.According to coordinator from the Department of Education Thulisizwe Msomi, the project yields admirable results annually and this year’s results showed even more improvement. “This project aims to assist the district in improving learners’ performance in both Mathematics and English in primary schools. It is funded by NPC Intercement while CASME is the service provider,” said Msomi.CASME works jointly with the Department of Education subject advisors on an annual basis to workshop “Lead Teachers”, who in turn give training workshops to other teachers in their areas.In the fourth term, pupils write the Olympiad tests, which are used to measure the impact of the programme.Msomi said that besides the maths and English projects, the department had collaborated with CASME on other subjects as well, for the betterment of public education. “Over and above, the district is running the Lesson Study programme which is also supported by CASME. “The district also runs the Mental Mathematics programme which culminates into the District Mental Mathematics Competition, the winners of which were recognised on the day of the awards at Genesis,” said Msomi. The last category of awards was for the Spelling Bee winners in the district, an initiative which is sponsored by the Ugu District Municipality.Project Manager and Mathematics facilitator from CASME Thami Mahlobo said the organisation was also impressed by this year’s results. “This year’s results have improved and it was also observed from the learners’ performance. “The project has been of great success not only for the learners, but for the teachers as well,” said Mahlobo.