South Africa is proud to have 11 official languages. In reality though, it's impossible to have textbooks, schools and universities to cater to each and every language.
Which is why at 80% of our country's schools, English is used to teach subjects like maths and science - two of the most difficult and important subjects. But at the same time, the learners are only taught English on a second language level, so they don't always have the best grasp of the language. Which makes difficult subjects like maths even harder to understand.
What makes it even more worrying is that 16 of our 21 universities use English as the language of tuition. Could this have something to do with the 50% dropout rate?
To see if just one week of extra first language English classes can make a difference.
With 1 learner. 1 English tutor. 1 week.
Each day, our Grade 8 learner, Lesego, has extra classes with her tutor. She is then recorded reading a radio script.
Listen to her ads every morning on SAFM or on this website. They will be uploaded daily so you can hear her progress.
To raise enough money to employ a full-time first language English teacher for one class at our incubation school, Forte High in Soweto. We estimate this cost to be R2,2 million.
Our idea is to monitor this class from Grade 8 until Grade 12, and then compare them with the other classes to see if there is a notable difference in their maths and science marks and general academic performance.
If our model proves successful, we will roll it out to more schools.
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