Life­line for Qumbu matrics

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - By ZISANDA NKONKOBE

LOW lit­er­acy lev­els, lack of nu­mer­acy skills and a short­age of specialist teach­ers have been iden­ti­fied as some of the rea­sons be­hind the high ma­tric fail­ure rate in schools based in the Qumbu district.

It was iden­ti­fied as one of the worst-per­form­ing districts in the prov­ince ac­cord­ing to the 2013 ma­tric re­sults, with a pass rate of just 49.1%.

This prompted Qum­buborn Yolisa Lu­didi from Mve­lase Train­ing Con­sul­tants to try and as­sist pupils. She roped in the provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity (WSU) and the Sizwe Ku­pelo Foun­da­tion.

The stake­hold­ers will this year em­bark on a five-year ma­tric re­sults im­prove­ment project in­volv­ing four schools in the area.

The pro­gramme will fea­ture win­ter classes which are to be held at WSU.

Specialist teach­ers in maths and sci­ence, are also in the process of be­ing re­cruited.

Lu­didi said low lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy lev­els were iden­ti­fied as the root causes of the prob­lem, which were re­vealed in a study con­ducted by WSU pro­fes­sors Dr Non­ceba Mabovula.

“We didn’t just fo­cus on the high schools, we also vis­ited the pri­mary schools which are the feeder schools to these high schools,” Lu­didi tai­lor-made to tar­get specif­i­cally the prob­lems that have been iden­ti­fied in the study. These in­clude maths, sci­ence, English, ac­count­ing and ge­og­ra­phy.”

The schools in­volved in­clude Jongilizwe, Sandi Ma­jeke, Tol­weni and Welsh se­nior sec­ondary schools.

Sizwe Ku­pelo said the 98 pupils would also re­ceive com­puter tablets.

“We will in­tro­duce a sys­tem where we upload past exam pa­pers on the tablets so they can do additional re­vi­sion from there,” Ku­pelo said.

Jongilizwe Se­nior Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal Nolitha No­haji said that with her school only hav­ing achieved a ma­tric pass rate of 15% last year, she had been keen to get on board.

“The rea­son for our fail­ure was be­cause of a pupil protest last year which re­sulted in many of the pupils not writ­ing their June ex­ams. But this year I’m hop­ing for bet­ter be­cause of in­ter­ven­tions.”

Grade 12 pupil Abulele Qhakaza said: “I’m hope­ful that the classes will give us an ad­van­tage in the com­ing ex­ams be­cause I want to go to univer­sity next year and study to­wards be­com­ing a busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tor.” — zisan­[email protected]­patch.co.za

SIZWE KU­PELO

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