East Bank Sec School matric students dedicate their time to weekend studies

East Bank High School teacher, David Botla clarifies a maths query at a weekend maths class .


Weekends are moments for children to spend time studying, in preparation for a better future and not on the streets where they will be exposed to bad influences.

This was said at East Bank High School recently by children found in class, studying independently in the school corridors unphased by the cloudy winter weather.

East Bank High School teacher, David Botla leads a weekend maths class.

The school is aiming to improve on its results and has heeded advice from the Gauteng Provincial Education Department to use all available opportunities to help improve the school’s marks in this year’s matric examinations – barely six months away.

The weekend classes are coupled with the department’s Secondary Schools Improvement Programme also run on some weekends and school holidays.

The studies are further aided by the recently introduced, well equipped, eLearning approach of smart boards and tablets, installed with past examination papers, issued to all schoolchildren. Ntsika Selepe (19) who was studying in the corridor, said matric and above educational qualifications were the only guarantee to a better life and secure future. He said those on the streets on weekends were not ready and serious with their lives.

Weekend study commitment for Ntsika Selepe of East Bank High School.

“The challenges ahead are immense and they shouldn’t blame anyone for their failure when faced with problems as they will have thrown away their chance by attending free educational opportunities,” said Ntsika, an aspirant lawyer who hopes to study at Wits.

Paballo Kgoalla (17) who was in a maths class and, an aspirant doctor or social worker, credited the school teachers for dedicating their weekend to educating the eager teenagers. She said they humbly offered their all to help improve their performances in the final examinations.”I’ts their mark to ensure a better nation in future. It’s up to us to meet them halfway by attending classes consistently as we have all the time on weekends.” she said. Paballo was concerned about the theft of tablets in class and on the school grounds saying it was bad and selfish to deprive fellow children of this critical learning gadget, which exposed the pupils to past exam papers and other research information.

Weekend maths class at East Bank High School.

Teacher, David Bohle commended the pupils saying they were better dedicated than their predecessors with 98 per cent attending the weekend classes. “They are cooperative and the above average performers share their knowledge with those still struggling with maths concepts,” Bohle said. He added that they will complete the curriculum by June, leaving the remainder of the second term to revision. “We stand a good chance for better results and more admissions to university,” he concluded.

Also read: Alexandra’s brightest matrics rewarded

Details: East Bank High School 011 443 7826.

Edited by Beryl Knipe

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