AWQAF SA, in collaboration with Al-Falaah College, Albaraka Bank, Printworx, the KZN Education Department and KWay, embarked on successful matric Maths intervention programmes during August at the Al-Falaah College in Springfield, Durban, and at the Ladysmith Civic Centre.
The programme was specially targeted at underperforming learners who required a boost to enable a pass at the end of the year. Learners who obtained 30% to 40% in the June examinations were sent invitations by KZN Education to attend intensive two day workshops.
The workshops were presented by coach and mentor, Mr Muhammad Khota, of the Gauteng-based KWay Maths Institute.
Grade 12 learners and educators from over 55 Department of Basic Education schools, and four Association of Muslim Schools, attended the workshops. Learners from around KZN travelled from as far afield as 60 kms to get to Al-Falaah College and Ladysmith.
Mohammed Zaffar Ahmed, one of the facilitators, said that they had experienced an encouraging response, with more than 250 learners attending each day.
“Classes commenced at 08:30 and ended at 14:45, with the learners enjoying a good lunch. Learners and educators requested more of these classes to be held, as they found them not only beneficial but user-friendly. The learners were enthralled by the short-cut methods shown by the coach to complete intricate examples that had previously flummoxed them.
“Judging from the many positive responses of teachers and learners who attended, our Maths intervention was hailed a success,” he said.
According to Coach Muhammad Khota of KWay, the learners and educators were highly appreciative and enthused by the programme.
“The Education Department has requested that KWay and Awqaf run teacher training workshops to capacitate educators in Maths and Science due to the positive impact that the programme has on learners and educators.
“The learners are looking forward to their prelim exams and are excited to be part of this dynamic initiative. They can’t wait for the next workshop before their finals,” he said.