Catch them young: Mogane
By Staff Writer
A. Shipena Secondary School, Principal, Rusten Mogane believes the key to improving pass rates in mathematics, science and English subjects is to initiate the process from an earlier stage.
“I am impressed with your initiative to push for this programme and for me the answer to this high failure rate in these subject is to catch them young,” Mogane told The Southern Times.
He, like all the other educators in the country believes the high failure rate in the three subjects (maths, science and English) is a cocktail of issues including failure by parents to support pupils at home, bad perception on the subjects and unavailability of books in most schools.
“I should emphasise that there is a rather bad perception from learners that these subjects are very difficult and changing that needs everyone to play their part. It is even more difficult for schools like ours that are in the locations where children do not have the right support structures at home to do their homework,” said
Mogane added that, “we have also agreed that pupils must stay a bit longer at school and do their homework at school because there is much better facilities at school as compared to some of their houses.”
According to Mogane a veteran educationist, more pupils also fail mathematics, science and English because they have not developed a reading culture from an early age.
“People laugh sometimes even when I emphasise that pupils should start reading from as early as primary school because they think its too much to take but in actual fact reading is a culture that needs to be cultivated from a very tender age. It is very difficult to have someone start reading when they are at secondary school if they never knew the importance of such a move at an earlier age.