It takes a Village…
All the services offered at the education centre of Oliver's Village are free.

It takes a Village…

There is always a rainbow after a heavy storm.

The maths and science programmes focus on assisting learners who have failed or want to achieve a higher pass mark in these two subjects.

The Mathematics and Science Education Centre at Oliver’s Village in Putfontein offers a second chance to learners who failed or who want to upgrade their matric results.

Oliver’s Village director for planning and development Lola Wortley said they are very proud that they had a 100 per cent pass rate for physical science and 95.2 per cent of their learners passed mathematics.

Their overall average pass rate is 97.3 per cent for maths and science.

The maths and science programmes focus on assisting learners who have failed or want to achieve a higher pass mark in these two subjects.

It takes a village education centre learners
The Mathematics and Science Education Centre at Oliver’s Village in Putfontein gives learners a second chance to upgrade their final matric exams. Seen here is (back, left) Silas Fenyane (maths and science teacher), Lola Wortley (Oliver’s Village director for planning and development) and Anderson Mangqalaza (principal). Front: Mfanafuthi Moloi, Hope and Lesego Rampopo and Siyabonga Bukhali.

Lola said they are also recognised as the top rewrite centre in the Daveyton area by the Department of Education.

“Our young learners work diligently throughout the year to achieve the required pass rate, and to also obtain their matric certificate, or progress to further tertiary education,” said Lola.

“These results showed that what you put in is what you get out.”

The centre has 63 learners attending maths and science classes this year, aged between 18 and 24.

Lola added that the lessons are free.

Silas Fenyane, who is the maths and science teacher, said he is pleased with the results as it shows the learners could interpret the skills he has passed on to them.

“I chose to teach maths and science because it helps a person to think logically and critically and it also helps with decision-making,” said Silas.

Silas added that he chose to teach these learners so he can help them achieve the marks required to get entry at a higher learning institution.

City Times spoke to Mfanafuthi Moloi, Lesego Rampopo, Siyabonga Bukhali and Hope Rampopo who upgraded their maths and science at the centre.

They all passed and will be furthering their studies at different institutions.

The learners applauded Silas for his dedication and for pushing them to work hard even when felt like giving up.

Daveyton resident Mfanafuthi said the journey wasn’t easy, but when you have a dream you have to keep on pushing yourself.

“One has to make sacrifices to achieve your heart’s desires,” said Mfanafuthi.

Sisters Lesego and Hope said that making sacrifices were worth it and getting support from your family and friends is important.

Siyabonga added that if you don’t do well in matric, don’t give up, forget about what people will say and do what’s right for you.

Hope will be studying a BSc at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Siyabonga will study engineering through the University of South Africa.

Lesego and Mfanafuthi are still waiting for responses from the higher institutions they applied to study at.

Principal Anderson Mangqalaza said it is their honour and privilege to assist the learners in achieving their dreams.

“It is close to my heart to help learners who are in need, as most of them come from the informal settlements in Daveyton and Etwatwa,” said Anderson.

Anderson added that the learners get all the necessary resources needed from the centre.

The maths and science lessons are from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to mid-afternoon.

Learners who want to join the programmes can visit the centre at 145 Malherbe Road, Putfontein, or call 011 748 6500.

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