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Annual Report 2015

 

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The Grade 8 and 9 Mathematics and Science Programme

 

Introduction

This programme commenced in 2014 (pilot) with a cohort of 200 grade 8 and 200 grade 9 learners from Bloekombos and Masibambane High schools. Saturday sessions were conducted over the academic year and proved highly successful. Learner performance and enthusiasm in these two subjects increased to such an extent that the programme was extended to all our six high schools in 2016.

We now run the learner development programme for grade 8 and 9 learners from all 6 schools. Suitably qualified mathematics and science tutors teach the 1 000 learners every Saturday from February to October. The mathematics and science teachers of the participating high schools are part of a Teacher Development programme where they are being empowered to teach these subjects more effectively.

1.      Learner Development:

 Selection

  • Grade 8 learners are selected via a baseline test in mathematics administered by our partner, the Schools Development Unit of UCT;
  • Grade 9 learners are selected by the schools in conjunction with the ASSET tutors.

 

The Mathematics and Science Holiday Programme

Every year a 4- day holiday programme is administered for selected learners from this programme. ASSET in partnership with Living Maths and the Cape Town Science Centre,runs the holiday programme at the Science Centre where the learners are bussed to daily. Learners are exposed to mathematics and science in a very interactive, practical and exciting way; all activities are learner based. We ensure that learners are actively engaged in practical work in both subjects. Learners really enjoy this programme. 

2.      Teacher Development:

  • Our teachers are offered short courses accredited by SACE. These courses are based on teacher needs as well as problem areas identified in the baseline test for grade 8 learners. Teachers attend 6 courses in each subject held on weekdays and Saturdays. Part of the assessment includes Classroom Based support and observation; thus the Facilitators visit teachers’ classes on a regular basis and provide constructive feedback to teachers.
  • ASSET has now extended this programme to 5 feeder primary schools where the grade 7 teachers also attend short courses provided by the SDU. This has now resulted in in primary and high school teachers having the opportunity to engage with one another in mathematics and science.

 

 

 

 

 
Learner Comments

I come to school on Saturdays because when I am at my school there are some things that sometimes I do not understand properly when my teacher is teaching on the weekdays. So Saturday classes are helping me because I ask my teacher on Saturday to explain to me what I don’t understand in a different way as my teacher at school so that I can understand.

Zimasa Nxelane

Bursary Deadlines

The deadline for Bursary Applications each year is

30 September

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