Teachers qualify through RADMASTE
- By Wits University
A three-year journey by 28 Further Education and Training mathematics and science teachers together with six RADMASTE staff members, came to a happy and victorious end on 1 November 2014 after they successfully completed their third Wits Short Course.
At a Certificate Ceremony held at the Wits School of Education, the 28 teachers, completing the Short Course through the through the Centre for Research and Development in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (RADMASTE) at Wits, received their third Certificate of Competence. All the teachers were sponsored by the Zionist Christian Church (ZCC) and the Kganya Benefits Fund Trust (KBFT).
His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane from the ZCC attended the event leading a five-person delegation from Limpopo in recognition of the graduates.
Professor Jean Baxen, Head of the Wits School of Education, welcomed the delegation and the teachers and contextualised the project in relation to the mission of the School: teaching, research and community service.
“The School of Education takes community service very seriously and we pay tribute to the role of RADMASTE in this regard,” said Baxen. “Learning does not stop, and these hard years of study should lead to Honours and higher degrees at Wits.”
Jackie Scheiber, Acting Director and Head of the Maths Sector at RADMASTE, emphasised that the Wits Short Courses were well recognised courses. “This group of teachers had not only passed, but passed well. In the third Short Course, completed during 2014, the average final mark of Mathematics and Physical Sciences teachers was 74% and 71% respectively. It was not always so, and looking back over the records of the previous two years, is one way of revealing that they had not only learned new content but had learned how to use it and articulate it,” said Scheiber.
Reverend Emmanuel Motolla, speaking on behalf of the ZCC, reminded participants that this project formed part of a continuing community development programme led by the ZCC.
In closing, Professor John Bradley, Head of the Science Sector at RADMASTE, emphasised that the 100% pass by the group of teachers was a unique achievement in RADMASTE’s five year experience with Short Courses. “The teachers deserve continued support so that they can realise their potential for the benefit of the community. Resources that could further help bring this about should not be withheld,” said Bradley.
He also appealed to the ZCC and KBFT to commence a new three-year project with a new cohort of maths and science teachers, now that a successful model has been demonstrated.