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Private partnership to improve matric pass rate

Noluthando Mkhize

Private partnership to improve pass rate in KZN

Thousands of accounting learners in KwaZulu-Natal stand to benefit from a partnership between the provincial Department of Education and Risk and Reward.

The three-year partnership aims to help the department by teaching accounting around the province at no cost to the department to improve the matric 2015 pass rate in the province.

The 2014 KZN overall matric pass rate declined by 7,7 percent and Minister of Education Angie Motshekga said her department needed to look seriously into factors affecting the performance.

Risk and Reward, a private company, will teach educators and learners in seven districts identified by the department that need the most help in the accounting discipline.

These districts are Umkhanyakude, Zululand, Uthungulu, Amajuba, Umzinyathi, Sisonke and iLembe. Learners will attend classes on Saturdays and educators will go through continuous enrichment programs for the 2015 year.

Risk and Reward will develop innovative programs to enhance the learning of accounting and will also use their 12 Round Accounting Board game as part of this innovative way of teaching.

This is not the first time that the company has partnered with public schools. In 2013 it was part of a mentorship programme with Adams College High School in Durban.

With the company’s help, the school’s results improved from four distinctions to 44 in 2013.

Risk and Reward product developer Thabani Zulu said he was challenging the corporate community to give their time to help improve the standard of education for children in the country.

The company offers business advisory services to support any business through business consulting, financial management, human resources, administration, IT solutions, marketing and branding

KZN Education MEC Neliswa Nkonyeni said she hoped that this program would attract more private sector players to follow in the footsteps of Risk and Reward.  

She also said many academics and education specialists have offered their services to help improve the overall education system in the province at no cost to the department.

“Others who are offering their services are the Mazibuye and the Swarati Institute who are running a Maths and Science intervention program.

“We also now have a Mathematics and Science Ambassador who is going to source private funding to inject into our programs aimed at lifting the standard of teaching and learning in the field of Mathematics and Science.

“Another partnership is with the Moses Kotane Institute which provides support to teachers in Maths, Science, Technology and Engineering,” said MEC Nkonyane.

She said these were just some of the many outstanding South Africans to who had the interest of the child at heart of which she was very grateful too.

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