Cape schools get five science labs backed by UWC

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Science centres are to be opened in Ocean View near Noordhoek‚ in Lansdowne‚ Athlone and Philippi on the Cape Flats‚ as well as in Mfuleni‚ 40km from Cape Town.

The initiative is that of the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Science Learning Centres for Africa (UWC-SLCA)‚ in partnership with the Garden Cities Archway Foundation and the Western Cape Education Department‚ which will open five centres to support hands-on science teaching and learning‚ according to a UWC statement on Friday.

The schools are: Ocean View High School‚ York Road Primary School (Lansdowne)‚ Spes Bona High School (Athlone)‚ Phakama high School (Phillipi) and Manzomthombo High School (Mfuleni).

This brings the total number of science centres to 45‚ with three more to be opened soon.

“The achievement of learners and teachers in national and international benchmark tests paints a very bleak picture — one that highlights a national crisis‚” the statement read.

“To address this need‚ the Science Learning Centre for Africa in UWC’s Faculty of Education has introduced a number of far-reaching support programmes to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics.”