Ernest Gxalaba (left), a teacher at Thembalethu Primary School, receives his Tablet from Pauline Hanekom (SUNCEP e-learning coordinator) and Ramesh Jeram (programme manager for SUNCEP). Photo: Myron Rabinowitz
GEORGE NEWS - E-learning is being introduced in local schools to up the quality of maths lessons.
To improve the standard of mathematics at schools and increase teachers' self-confidence, the Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP), conducted a two-day workshop starting on 8 April (yesterday) for 120 teachers from the Eden and Karoo district at Pacaltsdorp High School.
Ramesh Jeram, programme manager for SUNCEP, said they have handed out 120 Windows PC Tablets that will directly benefit the Grade 7, 8 and 9 pupils in 100 schools across the district. "Today, Pauline Hanekom, SUNCEP's e-learning coordinator, is assisting the teachers to set up their Tablets so that when they return to school next week they will be au fait with the programmes."
Jeram said SUNCEP regards the Tablet as an extra resource for teachers so that when the Western Cape Education Department rolls out its broadband programme they are up-to-date with the latest technology.
"Unfortunately, in some schools maths is not taught by qualified maths teachers due to financial constraints. This course will boost those particular teachers' self-esteem."
Hanekom said they have loaded the maths se-nior phase for Grades 7 to 9 onto the Tablet plus a module on patterns, functions and algebra. "This is what we are showing the teachers today. During the June holiday we will return and offer a refresher course."
This initiative is a combined effort by the Western Cape Education Department, the University of Stellenbosch, the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) and the Education, Training, Development and Practices Seta (ETDP).
Pauline Hanekom, the facilitator for the first session of the workshop, smiles broadly as Nosipho Mawanga (Imizamo Yethu High), Nomacebiso Jacobs (Tyholora Primary), Bongiwe Bidi (Thembalethu High) and Thabisa Saleni (Imikhaya Primary) successfully switch on their Tablets for the first time.
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