CDC champions learner education in Eastern Cape - published 27 Jan 2017
BENEFICARIES: last year the CDC donated maths and science equipment to Grade 12 scholars from Mt Arthur Girls High School at Bangindlala village near Lady Frere. Left to right – Refiwe Masayeli (19), Zizo Damane (18)
and Zizipho Ciko (19).
CDC champions learner education in Eastern Cape
Last chance for learners to apply to CDC’s Maths and Science Programme
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), an enabling agent for socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape and operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), says that the pass rates of Eastern Cape matriculants can improve with the intervention of additional learning programmes.
Matric results released by the Eastern Cape Department of Education showed that the province recorded a slight increase in the 2016 pass rate of 3.3%, resulting in a 59.3% total.
“While the increase is a positive step in the right direction, it is evident that there is still a dire need to improve maths and science results in the province,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communications.
He adds that the province’s flourishing industrial sector requires skilled vocations with backgrounds in science, maths and technology, such as engineering, construction and electrical technicians.
To this end, the CDC established an ongoing Maths and Science programme in 2013, the aim of which is to address some of the challenges facing the education system in the Eastern Cape. The longer-term goal of the programme is to inspire learners to follow a career path that utilises these two subjects.
“The programme is open to learners who have written matric from 2014 upwards and passed all other subjects, except Mathematics and Physical Science,” says Mpumezo Ndabeni, CDC Maths & Science Project Manager.
He adds that the programme is also open to learners who have passed all their subjects but would like to improve their maths and science subjects in order to gain admission to certain qualifications.
“The closing date for the applications is until Wednesday the 1st of February 2017. Learners can apply by bringing their statement of symbols to CDC Human Capital Solutions building located in Zone 4 of the Coega IDZ or by calling the CDC Human Capital Solutions Offices on 041 404 7300 and ask to speak to the Maths & Science Unit.
Since inception, the programme has proved to be a huge success. In the 2016 class, which consisted of 48 learners, the programme achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate for Physical Science and 98% for Mathematics. In 2015 the programme, consisting of 50 number of learners, obtained 98% pass rate for both subjects.