Education Students Teach Matric Learners
Seven Education students were involved in teaching Grade 12 learners in a rural high school - Charles Hlengwa High School in Illovo - recently. This is a result of a joint community engagement project between the College of Humanities and the College of Law and Management Studies.
The recent Winter School initiatives in the College of Law and Management extended into mentoring learners in their respective school areas. School workshops in Umbumbulu, Ixopo and Inchanga presented by staff and tutors from the Teaching and Learning unit supported teachers and learners.
A special request was made by a principal from Umbumbulu for support for Matric learners. Edgewood student teachers were requested by Dr Angela James to provide this support. The students visited the disadvantaged school to provide motivation and to help the learners with problem areas in their subjects so that they can pass matric and enter universities. The students, ranging from first to final year, spent their weekends with the groups of learners, teaching them Accounting, Maths, Physical Sciences and isiZulu.
Mr Sandile Dlamini stated that they saw improvement in the learners’ grasp of the subjects. ‘We observed the potential of the learners, but because the school is under-resourced and the school environment isn’t conducive to learning, properly so we decided to spend more time with them. They are all willing to learn, they just needed someone to guide them and provide assistance.’
Mr Thanda Nyawo also added, ‘We come from disadvantaged backgrounds and from rural schools so we understand the challenges the learners face. And we hope that they do produce good matric results so that they can enter university and make a success of their lives. We see ourselves as a living testament to that and we hope that we also inspired those learners.’
Mr Bhekingcebo Magwaza pointed out that they hope that the matric teaching initiative will expand to more schools and will involve a larger number of Education students so that more subjects are catered for. ‘If we all embark on this together as a committed united movement, we can really make a difference and it would in turn make us into better teachers.’
On the topic of the teaching profession, Mr Nkosinathi Shabalala said, ‘As a teacher, you have to be sensitive and understand your learners and offer help whenever it is needed. A teacher is responsible and accountable for the learners and we should be striving to ensure they excel.’
Mr Sboniso Luthuli highlighted that this initiative has made him value teaching and the power it has to change lives. ‘We loved working with the learners and we hope to go back to the school and our alma maters and start teaching Grade 10 learners so they will have a solid understanding of their subjects. We hope that the learners will come to love Maths and Science and we hope that the perception towards these subjects change. And a good teacher can help change that.’
The students also thanked their Lecturer Dr Angela James for assisting with the logistics of the initiative and to the School and its learners for participating.
The School Principal Ms Nokuthula Goba said: ‘On behalf of the School, learners, educators, parents and the School governing body we wish to extend our gratitude and appreciation for sending such dedicated, hardworking, ambitious students to assist us. The mission was carried with great tact and the impact is so evident and we know the results will attest the impact of their contribution’
‘We also wish that this becomes the beginning of a tradition that will be continuous between the two institutions hence maintaining the excellent performance of the school from now onwards. If I were to be given a chance to assess the performance of the group individually out of 10. I would give all of them eight and I can confirm they would become great teachers. God bless them abundantly.’