College of Education

Engaged scholarship project aims to shape the future of 2021 matrics

In preparation for the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, the College of Education's (CEDU) Engaged Scholarship Project CN4800 team conducted Spring classes with Grade 12 learners in October. These were conducted within the Libangeni Circuit at the following schools in the Nkangala Disctrict: Digwale Secondary School, Kwamanala High School, Hlalakahle High School and Mbulawa Secondary School. The learners attending form part of 700 000 full-time Grade 12 learners and 128 451 part-time candidates who are set to conclude writing the 2021 NSC exams on 7 December 2021 across the country.

Puleng Motseki, a lecturer from the CEDU Department of Mathematics Education, engages with Grade 12 learners at Libangeni.

"These are the Grade 11s of 2020 who unfortunately could not complete the curriculum," says Dr Soane J Mohapi , the project leader and Head of Engaged Scholarship at CEDU. "The project’s aim is to assist with the achievement of curriculum recovery as well as preparations for the for end-of-year examinations. The focus was on Mathematics, Physical Science and Life Science."

Puleng Motseki , a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics Education, focused on the revision of Euclidean geometry during which a learner successfully solved a Euclidean geometry problem on the classroom chalk board. Molebogeng Ramulumo, a lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Education, undertook exam preparation by teaching the keen learners how to tackle and answer investigative questions. Similarly, her colleague Thuli Ntuli conducted revision on equilibrium constant calculations and electrical circuits.

Mohapi said the learners were extremely excited by their presence and indicated that they felt that they had addressed issues that they previously had challenges with and now felt ready for the examinations.

The University of South Africa wishes the class of 2021 all the best in their exams. The Project CN4800 Team is appealing to all parents and communities across the country to support Grade 12 learners by providing them with the space and time to pay attention to their studies.

* By Dineo Horner, Acting Marketing and Communications Specialist, College of Education

Publish date: 2021/11/05

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