Programme multiplies pupils’ success
"Two years ago, Queenstown teenager Yamkela Sondlo (17) narrowly scraped through her grade 11 end-of-year exams for maths and science at Nkwanca high school, obtaining 32% and 31% respectively. But her final results for grade 12 last year showed a vast improvement. She obtained 64% for maths and 78% for science. The turning point for Yamkela came when she was selected to be a participant in a maths and science programme using technology and blended learning run by Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre.
Statistics recently released by the centre show that she was their most-improved pupil for both maths and science last year.
“The programme helped me so much,” said Yamkela, who lives with her unemployed parents.
But she is not the only one. Of the 330 pupils who completed the centre’s grade 12 incubation programmes in five mostly rural districts across the Eastern Cape last year, 70 improved by more than 10 percentage points in both subjects."