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Matric maths, science revision programme a significant exam booster

A unique maths and science revision programme has proven to be a significant exam mark booster for thousands of disadvantaged matric pupils countrywide. According to a specially commissioned impact report, pupils participating in the EduCate Matric Maths and Science Revision programme showed a 10.1% improvement in mathematics and a 10.6% improvement in science between Grade …

A unique maths and science revision programme has proven to be a significant exam mark booster for thousands of disadvantaged matric pupils countrywide.

According to a specially commissioned impact report, pupils participating in the EduCate Matric Maths and Science Revision programme showed a 10.1% improvement in mathematics and a 10.6% improvement in science between Grade 11 end-of-year exams and the final Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

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This intervention is particularly important given the two years of severely disrupted schooling owing to the pandemic, with UNICEF reporting that many South African pupils are as far as one full year behind in their schooling.

‘We are honoured to have sponsors on board that share the same passion for the programme and understand the potential it holds in offering young South Africans a better future,’ said Primestars MD Martin Sweet said.

‘We look forward to reaching more matriculants this year, and challenge corporate South Africa to assist learners in need.’

Primestars facilitates youth development programmes for high school pupils from under-served communities.

Pupils who attended last year’s EduCate Matric Maths and Science Revision programme were grateful for the assistance
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About the programme
Nicknamed the ‘Private Tutor to Public Education’, the programme has shown itself to be one of the most powerful interventions of its kind in South Africa.

While it is a standalone education programme, it is endorsed by the Department of Education, and is free for participating schools and pupils.

Utilising an ‘educational theatre of learning model’, Primestars uses Ster Kinekor cinemas to run its career guidance programmes.

Nelisiwe Ndlovu, who attended KwaDlangezwa High School and participated in the programme, achieved 83% in maths and 80% in science in her final exams last year.

‘They provided us with books and documents that included past papers, which we used to prepare,’ said Ndlovu.

‘This was such an important thing for matric students, and it was exciting and refreshing to attend classes in a cinema.’

Local schools that participated included Lihlithemba High School, Nkosibomvu Secondary School, Siphesihle Secondary School, Ziphembeleni

Senior Secondary, Tisand Technical High School, Zimeme High School, Khula High School, John Ross College and Hlamvana Secondary School.

This year’s revision programme will kick off nationally at the end of July. For more information, contact projects@primestars.co.za

 

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