Focus on maths, science

CRITICAL THINKING: Pupils from various schools in East London attended the third annual Community Action Africa maths and science exhibition on Friday at Buffalo City College in East London. Picture: AMANDA NANO

High school pupils from previously disadvantaged areas gathered at Buffalo City College for the third annual Community Action Africa (CAA) maths and science exhibition on Friday.

Fifteen schools took part, with the focus on grade 8 and 9 pupils, particularly grade nine as an exit grade.

CAA director Musa Sebugwawo said their goal was to promote maths and science, and share the knowledge among the pupils.

“I believe that passion propels a person forward into the sector. “Through this exhibition, we’d like to help nurture the sense of curiosity in the pupils,” Sebugwawo said.

The organisation started an educational radio programme on April 22 at Izwi Lethemba community radio station which focused on the two subjects.

“We’ve received positive feedback so far, which means the children are really making use of this platform.

“We’ve had requests to also include geography and accounting” he said.

The panel of speakers included Walter Sisulu University’s faculty of science, engineering and technology Buffalo City Campus dean Dr Msimelelo Siswana and University of Fort Hare’s senior lecturer in the faculty of education Dr Winston Hendricks.

“With regards to the fourth industrial revolution, maths and science in schools and universities will become critical in order to gain employment in the future,” Hendricks said.

Centre of Excellence pupil Itumeleng Ncoko, said the topic about the fourth industrial revolution had been quite informative.

“The people developing this technology should have skills development so that they may be able to assist with unemployment,” Ncoko said.

Representing the Buffalo City district education department, Nontsasa Mgabadeli said the first term marks of 2019 had shown a decline – from grade 3 to 12.

“The problematic grades are grade 9 and 12, and these are the exit grades and this quite worrying.

“There are also key issues but the negative attitude towards the subject is the leading one,” Mgabadeli said.

Other organisations represented at the exhibition included ABSA, Telkom, Amatola Water and Isolezwe newspaper.

CAA will host their annual high school career guidance exhibition on July 19.

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