Hytec, together with three other funders, has sponsored online tuition in five schools in Mamelodi. The online tuition is provided by Hatfield Christian Online School (HCoS) which, through corporate and educational sponsorships such as those afforded by Hytec, currently provides teaching support to 45 disadvantaged schools across the country.
The donation includes the necessary hardware, Hatfield’s Maths and Science curriculum for Grade 10, 11 and 12, as well as the relevant teacher training and support. “Hytec has a long been a proud contributor to corporate social investments across South Africa and is deeply committed to improving the lives of our country’s citizens through educational opportunities,” explains Mike Harrison, General Manager, Hytec. “Our contributions towards educational programmes consistently remind us that there is a wealth of academic talent in our communities.
Given the right tools and guidance, these people are empowered to not only gain access to meaningful employment, but become leaders, and make positive contributions to our society.” The Hatfield Christian Online School programme invites funders to adopt a school for a period of three years, guiding a batch of learners through Grade 10, 11 and 12 Maths and Science, for a fee of around R430 000. This covers the necessary hardware, including two laptops, two projectors, 3G cards, speakers, a printer and stationery (including whiteboards and markers); curriculum development, teacher training and support; and an extracurricular winter school programme.
“Hytec’s decision to contribute towards HCoS’ online tuition programme is based on an impressive list of success stories in improving academic performance across disadvantages schools,” Harrison explains. A proven educational tool One such school is Vlakfontein Secondary School, in Mamelodi, Gauteng. The school was the recipient of a financial donation which facilitated the provision of online Maths and Science tuition to the school’s Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners for the past three years. “Since the acquisition of the online Maths and Science curricula, Vlakfontein Secondary School has seen a noticeable increase in its student aggregates in these subjects,” explains Mr C. Kureya, Physical Sciences Teacher, Vlakfontein Secondary School. “In 2014, the number of pupils qualifying for university exemptions quadrupled compared to previous years, with 10 out of the 50 learners qualifying.
The school’s matriculants also produced two distinctions, something that has not been achieved at the school in the last 10 years.” “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be using such vital resources in our Maths and Science education,” Kureya continues. “The materials have made teaching and learning enjoyable and entertaining for both teacher and learner alike. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the funders for securing us this priceless educational tool.” Hytec is a member of the Hytec Group of Companies.
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