Boost for matric tutors

Neo Bodumela

AN education programme aimed at tutoring Grade 12 pupils in mathematics and science at Lwandlekazi High School in New Brighton has received a boost to help the school reach its goal of a 100% matric pass rate at the end of the year.

Masinyusane Development Organisation – which is the charity of choice for The Herald Spec-Savers Miss PE Nandipha Mnuna – received a donation of R100000 from AlgoaFM’s charity golf day.

The organisation’s chairman, Father Jerry Browne, said the money would be used to fund tutors working with children at the school.

“We have about 10 full-time youth leaders and 20 volunteers and also a few from NMMU who work with the children. They run after-school programmes, study groups and mostly tutor the children in mathematics and science but also any other subjects that they may have,” he said.

“The money we’ve received will go a long way to covering the costs they incur when they go to tutor the children.”

The organisation started working with the school in 2008 after it achieved the lowest matric pass rate in Port Elizabeth with 16%. Since then, the school has managed to boost its pass rate to 51%, with university exemptions going from zero to 20%.

Monwabisi Njenjembana, a pupil, said: “I met my tutor Fiks [Mahola] last year and … I told him that my mother was unemployed and my father was doing odd jobs. He helped us by giving us some groceries and also stationery and things I needed for school.

“I felt so proud that someone had recognised the potential in me. When I was diagnosed with TB and couldn’t attend school, he encouraged me to go back to school and to go to university, which I now think is a possibility.”

Education MEC Mandla Makupula said more such projects were needed.

“We certainly need the community, university graduates and students giving back to the community through volunteering as tutors, as well as institutions like AlgoaFM stepping up and making the education crisis in the Eastern Cape a personal and community problem and not only a government problem,” he said.

AlgoaFM managing director Dave Tiltman said: “The key to this organisation’s success is that they refrained from merely judging the poor matric pass rate … They went into learners’ homes, working with them and their families to come up with workable solutions.”

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