SA Matric Students Get Help with Maths and Science

August 28, 2015 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
August 28, 2015 - Johannesburg, South Africa Every Sunday morning, thousands of matrics from under-resourced schools all over South Africa are transported to nearby cinemas to enjoy revision lessons in the two subjects that they dread most: maths and science. The 10 lessons, which cover the entire curriculum, help learners to improve their marks in these subjects. The filmed lessons are entertaining but educationally sound, and subject specialists are on hand to assist and answer questions. The eduCate programme started on 9 August and will continue for 8 consecutive weeks till October.

"Some of the greatest inventions are grounded in maths and science: computers, cell phones, space travel, skyscrapers, the Gautrain, the latest cars … These two subjects open doors to job security in various fields," says Gavin Watson, CEO of the BOSASA Group and co-sponsor of the eduCate programme. This is why eduCate 2015 was launched on Thursday 13 August, to bring about an improvement in the dismal results of many matrics, especially those from disadvantaged communities.

EduCate was initiated and is facilitated by Primestars Marketing in 2010. The programme enjoys the support of the Department of Basic Education and provincial education departments in addition to business partners such as the BOSASA Group. This joint public-private initiative will make a difference to more than 20 000 matrics preparing for prelim and final examinations.

The lessons are taught by subject specialists in the enjoyable and immediate format of film. Experiencing that maths and science can be fun and easily comprehensible will open the subjects to disadvantaged learners in a way that would be difficult otherwise. What's more, many of these learners would have no other chance to interact with subject experts of this calibre.

Going on an outing to the movies on a Sunday morning will be a rare treat for many learners. Even better, this treat will guide their revision for the prelim and end-of-year examinations and equip them for higher achievement in maths and science.

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