THABAZIMBI – Anglo Platinum has responded to the mathematics and science crisis in schools, especially those in historically disadvantaged areas, where too few Grade 12 learners are achieving higher-grade matriculation passes in science and mathematics.
An independent service provider, Radical Mathematics and Science, presents a programme that complements their normal schooling during school vacations. The programme provides the essential resources to enable students to improve their results in higher-grade mathematics and science.
The Anglo Platinum Wintercamp at HFM takes place from 2-12 July and stretches over 10 teaching days including the weekend. Ten and a half hours of effective learning per day are scheduled to assist these learners to acquire skills vital to their preparedness to successfully enter tertiary eduction and compete more effectively for bursaries and recruitment.
The aim for Anglo Platinum with this programme is to encourage the Matrics to become artisans.
The schools invited to the Wintercamp include Northam Comprehensive (17 learners), Kwena Tlase (13 learners), Tshaile (10 learners), Groenvlei (9 learners), Tshomakane (31 learners), Gaopatlake (26 learners), Makuka (16 learners), Itereleng (13 learners), Frikkie Meyer (19 learners), Mabogopedi (30 learners) and Naletsana (16 learners).
The programme supplied every learner with a package of five manuals to the value of approximately R500 each. The manuals are for Physical Science, Maths, Geo, Life Science and the fifth manual is compiled by Anglo Platinum’s facilitators. Accommodation is also provided to the 194 learners who attend the Wintercamp. The facilitators, who are carefully selected by Anglo Platinum, have to undergo testing and must achieve a pass rate of 80% before they are trained to be enrolled as facilitors for the Radical Mathematics and Science Programme, they are therefore experts in their subject matter. The two facilitators per learning area are also sponsored by Anglo Platinum.
On the first day of Wintercamp, all learners were given a test to assess their competency in the four subjects. On the last day of Wintercamp, they will again be assessed to ensure that the programme was successful.
According to HFM’s Principal, mr Campbell, they opened their doors and hostel to accommodate the surrounding schools as part of their community responsibility. Although the English speaking learners from HFM are attending the Wintercamp, the Afrikaans speaking Matric learners will have their own Wintercamp next week.
On visiting the Wintercamp on Tuesday, Kwêvoël also spoke to Dineo Lekalake, a Matric learner from Mabogopedi High. She said that they are not going to make the same mistakes as their predecessors and they want to proof that the Anglo Platinum Radical Maths and Science Programme does indeed work.