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Maths prog second phase reaches 50 schools – JTG district, NC

In a collaboration between the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Department of Education and Kathu Solar Park, a Maths and Science initiative is set to revolutionize learning across 50 community schools.

A comprehensive Mathematics and Physical Science support programme, aligned with the CAPS curriculum, is currently underway in the Kathu/Kuruman area, set to benefit approximately 42,000 learners.

Following the successful launch of this high impact Maths and Science programme in May 2023, the second phase of the programme commenced at the end of last year. The official launch event, held on October 12 and 13, 2023, at Batlharos Library in Kuruman, included the distribution of ICT (Information Communication Technology) equipment, and training on the usage of the HeyMath software to representatives of the schools involved.

 

The programme involves the provision of essential hardware for each school, including a total of 100 laptops and 100 projectors, equipped with HeyMath and HeyScience software and apps. Its primary objectives are to deepen educators’ content knowledge and enhance their ICT skills.

 

Focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), the programme aims to increase learner participation in mathematics, improve student outcomes, elevate the quality of mathematics results, and provide monitoring and support for educators.

 

The positive reception from the educators during the training has underscored this programme’s potential to improve subject offerings in schools and significantly benefit learners in the district.

Cheryl Persensie, Economic Development Manager for Kathu Solar Park, expressed, “The impact of the programme will be meticulously monitored, analyzing learner progress from the respective schools and the Department of Education. These outcomes, aligned with the priorities of the Department of Education, will guide and inform future support initiatives, as was done during the first phase of this high-impact STEM school intervention.”

The John Taolo Gaetsewe District encompasses 172 schools; hence this intervention will be able to meaningfully contribute its support to over 20% of schools across communities in this region.

 

The District has already identified a need for more schools to receive assistance in improving mathematics outcomes, expressing a desire to include additional schools to drive positive shifts in performance.

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