Spring Light Gas Partners With MKI To Advance Maths And Science Learning In KZNs
Spring Light Gas (SLG) which is one of the largest compressed gas suppliers in South Africa, and second largest in piped gas, partnered with the Moses Kotane Institute (MKI), an entity of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) to deliver a Science Laboratory to Thandolwesizwe High School in Lindelani township.
The partnership between the two organisations was aimed at advancing the learning of Science, both life and physical sciences, especially in previously disadvantaged schools from KZN through providing much needed science learning resources.
On the Tuesday, 5 September 2017, SLG and MKI officially handed over the science laboratory to Thandolwesizwe High School. With the donation of the Science lab, it is expected that learners will benefit from practical scientific experimentation and visual/tactile stimuli to make science real.
Speaking at the Handover ceremony, Mr Phumele Nkosi, the Chief Education Specialist stated that one of the main reasons that hindered the school from getting excellent results was because of the lack of resources. “This programme happened at a very good time as we are the KZN department of Education we are left with less than 50 days before we start the NCS examinations. As the Department of Education, we embrace any form of support that will come from any sector and today we are here to celebrate the contribution that is made by the private sector in advancing the public education and going forward Thandolwesizwe High School have no longer excuses not to perform well,”
In 2016, the school produced a poor set of Grade 12 results. With an overall Grade 12 pass rate of 42%, the school performed even more poorly in Physical Science in achieving a pass rate of only 34%. In 2017 the school is aiming to get a 75% pass rate in the sciences and it is expected that the Science lab resources will assist in reaching this target.
Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, the Moses Kotane Institute Board Chairperson also affirmed to learners that education is the only tool that they can use to conquer poverty and to change their backgrounds.