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Members of the UNIZULU turtoring project teaching pupils from a local school

Members of the UNIZULU turtoring project teaching pupils from a local school

A GROUP of Education students from the University Of Zululand (UNIZULU) are determined to change perceptions about Maths and Science being difficult subjects. Despite their busy schedules, members of the group, who call themselves the University of Zululand Tutoring Project, dedicate their spare time to offer extra classes to pupils from local schools.

Mbuso Xulu the outgoing chairman of the project said the initiative started this year following a realisation that many schools were struggling with Maths and Science. “What we saw was that pupils were struggling with Maths and Science and that many schools were having the same problem. We then came together, formed the project and introduced it to the HOD Professor Annass Bayaga at the Department of Education”.

 Members of the tutoring project have been hard at work since the start of the second semester. They have been working closely with local schools, Qhakaza and Ongoye, but have also visited other schools as far as Nkandla.
Xulu said his dream was to see the project expand to cover other areas. The new chairman of the organisation Sandile Nhleko said the project now has about 20 students who participate in tutoring school pupils. They specialise in Maths and Science and also offer practicals in Science and Chemistry.

The tutoring classes are held six days a week. “Since the start of the project we have seen an improvement in the results of the pupils we offer classes to. We have had one principal writing to us saying that our intervention has made a difference.  This also helps us as students because we get the much needed experience which means that when we eventually have to go for practicals we are ready”.