NWU, Mafikeng Campus, News General 2012: Winter school for Grade 12 learners

Campus hosts winter school for Grade 12 learners

More than 1 000 Grade 12 learners from various schools in North West are attending the 12-day matric winter school at North-West University’s Mafikeng Campus.

An annual event, the winter school is an initiative of the University to help improve matric results in the Province by offering extra lessons on subjects in the science and commercial streams. With the help of the Provincial Department of Education, the project has grown from strength to strength. Since its inception in 2004, the number of participants has increased from 300 to 1050 this year.

Mr Ivan Gontsana, Senior Recruiter and Marketing Officer at NWU, said one of the objectives is to help learners bridge the gap in their knowledge of subjects, and assist them with preparations for the year-end examination.

“Last year pre- and post-assessments were carried out in all subjects. The results showed a huge improvement in most subjects, from an average of 20% to 62%.” He added that the winter school also presented the Campus with a recruitment opportunity.

Tlotlo Kegakilwe from Kimberely High School said the lessons were helping her a great deal. “I have improved so much in my approach to different questions, especially in Geography.”

Impressed by the teachers’ knowledge of their subjects and their patience, Tshidiso Seane of Mmokeng Secondary School reckoned he would “be ready for my final exam after this.”

When asked about their first experience of being at varsity, both learners said they were thrilled by what they saw. “We can’t wait to come back next year!”