'Pupils want to do it their own way'

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Pupils wish to be taught and to learn various concepts and learning areas in exciting ways, senior Gauteng education department official Mbulaheni Matumba said in Kliptown, Soweto, this week.

Matumba said the department was responding to that through various highly interactive learning and teaching tools, including the Smart Young Mindz Challenge - open to Gauteng high school pupils in grades 8, 9 and 10 - which was launched for 2008 at Kliptown High School on Tuesday.

"We have always wanted to teach pupils different and exciting concepts in an exciting manner," Matumba said.

"Today's youth, also known as the millennium generation, want to learn things in their own ways.

"If the youth will not learn in ways that have been set by us, as adults, teachers and curriculum developers, we need to adapt and use their own ways and broaden the horizons of learning and teaching."

Matumba said the challenge - which is aligned to the curriculum - stimulates pupils' interest, understanding and appreciation of maths, science, technology and entrepreneurship by encouraging them to submit smart business ideas.

It also motivates pupils to investigate problems, wants and needs in their communities.