R4.5m to boost Matrics
WITH only a few days to go before the start of the matric preliminary exams, Limpopo pupils need all the help they can get.
And one of the banks in the country has offered the pupils a helping hand in preparation for their mathematics and physical science exams.
Nedbank, through its Fundisa Maths and Science as well as the Matric Revision programmes for the 2012 preliminary examinations, is hoping to help the pupils prepare for the preliminary examinations and the final exams.
The bank recently held special workshops in Lenyenye, a township near Tzaneen, and Groblersdal in the Sekhukhune district, supported by the Department of Basic Education to gauge the state of readiness among pupils who are part of the two programmes.
Now in its second year, the programmes is helping improve mathematics and physical science standards in high schools in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.
Kone Gugushe, the bank's executive for corporate social responsibility, said the bank has invested about R4.5-million in the programmes for this year.
She said they have expanded this year's revision programme to reach at least a hundred schools across disadvantaged communities in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Free State.
"The provinces we have selected have largely been struggling to improve their pass rate," said Gugushe.
"Though some showed reasonable progress over the last few years, the quality of the passes had been average."
Gugushe said they had adopted a holistic approach, which would ensure that they not only supported pupils at the beginning of the year, but also ensure that they gave them the necessary support in preparation for exams.
"We seek to ensure that our efforts to contribute to a knowledge-based economy are far-reaching. We believe that the solution to the challenges in our education system requires collaboration from all stakeholders and we are certainly playing our part by adding value," she added.
Over the years the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo have been among the poorest performing provinces in the matric exams. - email@example.com