GEORGE NEWS - The achievement of science learners and teachers in national and international benchmark tests paints a very bleak picture and one that highlights a national crisis.
"We have to start with the basics in terms of supporting teachers to have the confidence to teach science with an advanced level of understanding, knowledge and teaching skills," said Prof Hartley, director of the Science Learning Centre for Africa of the University of the Western Cape (UWC-SLCA).
"Similarly we have to be creative in providing learners with opportunities that will draw their interest and willingness to learn."
On Tuesday 31 January, Prof Tyrone Pretorius, Rector of the University of the Western Cape, and Mr John Matthews, the CEO of Garden Cities Archway Foundation, will open the UWC Science Learning Centre at Tyholora Primary School in Thembalethu. In 2011 UWC-SLCA in partnership with Garden Cities Archway Foundation started the construction of science laboratories at Western Cape schools.
In 2016 the Western Cape Education Department joined the partnership and now contributes one-third of the costs associated with the science centre.
UWC-SLCA has won a number of awards for its far-reaching support programmes to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics.
In order to facilitate this process, it has teamed up with corporate organisations to improve the infrastructure in which these gateway subjects are taught so as to provide a creative space in which teachers' and learners' interaction with science and technology can be advanced.
"The UWC Science Learning Centres is a step in the right direction," says Prof Pretorius.
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