For several years Masicorp has run a program to provide additional maths tuition to Masiphumelele High School learners, with the help of volunteer Mr Rob Douglas, a mathematics teacher from nearby Fish Hoek High School. This year Rob has started running an additional after school class on Thursdays. The sessions are run at Fish Hoek High thanks to funding from Masicorp that provides transport for the learners from Masiphumelele.
Rob’s counterpart at Masiphumelele High, Mr Mlandu, has offered the classes to his learners and arranges for about 20 students to attend each week. A few learners from Fish Hoek High also attend but the large majority of the class travel from Masiphumelele. The classes are voluntary, but are popular with those students who are keen to improve their maths grades. With mathematics remaining a problem subject area in South Africa this is an important initiative.
The learners from Masiphumelele get the advantage of Rob’s time, as well as some of his Fish Hoek colleagues and Mr Mlandu, as well as the benefits of a small class with excellent teaching facilities. Each week Mr Mlandu suggests particular problem areas in the curriculum that the class have struggled with and Rob takes them through some examples. Actual questions from past exam papers are worked through with guidance from the teaching volunteers.
As with the Saturday morning sessions, the extra tuition for the Masi High students can only help improve their Matric prospects and their willingness to attend these after school sessions a testament to the quality of education on offer and their positive attitude toward learning. Once again we have to thank the staff at both schools for making this hugely important project happen.
It has been unseasonabally warm in the Western Cape this weekend. With temperatures well into the twenties and bright blue skies many locals have headed for the hills and beaches to take advantage of the unusual winter heatwave. Not so at Masiphumele High School where the grade 9 students were queuing up for extra science and maths tuition on Saturday morning.
Rob Douglas from Fish Hoek High initiated the successful program, which has been running for a couple of years now with financial assistance from Masicorp. The project involves staff from Masiphumelele High School, and colleagues from the nearby and more affluent Fish Hoek High School. A typical Saturday starts with Masiphumelele staff preparing the room as learners arrive for a 9.30 start. Up to 220 students have turned up as news of the program has spread through the community via letters and SMS’s to parents. Allison Grobelaar from Fish Hoek High is first up to take the students through a science session. Theory and practical demonstrations are part of the class, which has been a new addition to this year’s program.
Mr Rob (Fish Hoek High) and his counterpart Mr Mlandu (Masiphumelele High) lead the main maths session and set the students homework assignments.
The learners sit in small teams and are given instruction via a large projected image on the wall of the main hall. An interactive computer program has been provided with the assistance of Masicorp and allows the viewing of videos and past examination papers for the students to review.
The learners and staff at Masiphumele High have benefitted enormously from the knowledge and mentoring of staff at Fish Hoek’s excellent high school. The extra tuition for the township students can only help advance their Matric prospects and their willingness to attend is a testament to the quality of education on offer and their positive attitude toward learning. Of course all of this would be impossible if it was not for the time given to the program by the staff at both schools for which we can only give our continued thanks.