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Mathematics Intervention Programme creates excitement in KZN

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.    About 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.  Format “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 ...

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Extra Maths tuition at Windsor Secondary, raising marks, raising hope

EXTRA Maths tuition over the Women’s Day long weekend, offered by NGO Awqaf South Africa in conjunction with the Alfred Duma Municipality in the Tugela District of KZN and the Department of Education, has injected hope into nearly 300 Grade 12 learners from eight surrounding schools. From getting marks as low as 5 per cent, the K-Way programme presented by Mohammed Khota with the help of Zohra Essack, was aimed at lifting the learners into the pass category by boosting their Maths skills. Co-ordinator Soojat Khan, who liaised with various municipal and government officials and  principals to get the event off the ground, described it as a great, heart-warming success. “If you consider that it was a long weekend, and that it was bitterly cold, it was really encouraging to see nearly 300 learners braving the elements to attend the three day course. “One principal, who was not on the programme, was so keen that he brought 18 learners with him, and so we made arrangements to accommodate them. I can tell you, the smiles on the faces were absolutely wonderful to see as these learners, mainly from rural schools, got stuck into their Maths.” Educator Zohra Essack said that the commitment of the learners had really impressed her. “Even good learners came to the programme to hear what we had to say. Maths is all about attitude and persistence, and the learners showed that,” she said. Learners who attended the course were excited about the programme. Anathi Kubheka from ...

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