OMFEP boost for Duncan Village

FOCUSSED: Pupils of schools in Bhisho participating in the Old Mutual Flagship Education Program which focuses on mathematics and science programs Picture:SUPPLIED

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) has initiated a Mmaths and Sscience programme in Bhisho.

Started three years ago, the Old Mutual Flagship Education Programme (OMFEP), has had 18 schools participating in the programme, with more eight more schools in Duncan Village set to benefit this year.

Director of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s GMMDC Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre director Professor Werner Olivier, said the OMEFP Mmaths and Sscience development project, saw a significant improvement in the marks of participating grade 11 and 12 pupils.

“The eight schools will follow the Bhisho model, where the project takes the form of an Incubator School Programme (ISP) run at a central venue on Saturdays for selected pupils from all participating schools, as well as Tablet-assisted Afterschool Peer Support (TAPS) Mmaths sessions,” said Olivier.

Over the next two years, GMMDC aims to boost the impact of the programme even more by adding Sscience, Ttech- nology, Eengineering, Aarts and Mmathematics (STEAM) activities.

Old Mutual Ssenior Pproject Mmanager Kanyisa Diamond said they had seen excellent Mmaths and Sscience results e from the ISP and TAPS programmes in the Bhisho and King William’s Town. schools.

“Our intention is to replicate this success and surpass it where possible in the Duncan Village schools, where we are also supporting a number of schools with leadership development,” said Diamond.

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