E-portal boost for matrics

NEW GADGETS: Excited pupils receive their brand new smartphones from Vodacom representatives – executive head for corporate social investment and sustainability Suraya Hamdulay and head of commercial sales, distribution and marketing Travis Goate – as the company launches a new educational portal
NEW GADGETS: Excited pupils receive their brand new smartphones from Vodacom representatives – executive head for corporate social investment and sustainability Suraya Hamdulay and head of commercial sales, distribution and marketing Travis Goate – as the company launches a new educational portal

A New Brighton school received a major advance for its Grade 12 pupils when Vodacom launched their new educational portal.

The top 10 pupils in Lwandlekazi High School’s Grade 12 class each received a smartphone from Vodacom as they prepare for the final stretch of their school career.

The E-portal is an initiative by Vodacom and the Department of Basic Education, using technology to help pupils accelerate their learning abilities.

The portal offers pupils a range of subjects including lessons in mathematics, mathematical literacy, physical sciences, life sciences, accounting and English first additional language.

Teachers can also access the portal and content on the site which could assist them in their teaching.

Vodacom head of corporate social investment and sustainability, Suraya Hamdulay, says the aim of the portal is to help kids prepare for their Grade 12 exams in the best way possible.

“The portal is there to assist the pupils. They can access content on the portal to supplement the work they do in school with the activities on the portal,” Hamdulay said.

The programme will aid 63 Grade 12 pupils at the school, as many of them often find it difficult to get their hands on the content they need to sufficiently prepare for their exams.

Teacher Thozama Mhlakahlaka said the programme is fantastic as it will assist the pupils and make their learning process much easier.

“It will help them a lot with content and revision, because they do not have textbooks, so they can use the portal as an aid to their study preparations,” Mhlakahlaka said.

Grade 12 pupil Siyasanda Zicwele, 18, said it is a great initiative and he is glad the school will receive some assistance from the programme.

“This will help us because we do not have study materials with which to work. This portal will provide us with the necessary tools to make a success of our matric year and hopefully beyond that too,” Zicwele said.

-Amir Chetty

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