Seshego High School – Limpopo Improves Pure Maths Results to 100%
Seshego High School is a rural, section 21, public school, located in the Limpopo Province in Moletjie village. The school has over 1000 learners and goes up to grade 12.
Broadband Infraco, as part of their CSI programme, purchased iBoxes from Sangari SA, the education solutions provider. The iBox is a compact learning system that immediately transforms any classroom into a fully interactive classroom and incorporates a projector, laptop and built-in speakers.
Broadband Infraco is a state-owned enterprise operating within the telecommunications sector. The company says it has a fundamental responsibility to assist in building sustainable communities in South Africa by contributing towards access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and services.
Broadband Infraco has developed a Corporate Social Economic Development (CSED) policy aligned to its strategy of expanding availability and affordability to electronic communications networks and services to underdeveloped and underserviced areas.
“The iBox contains the Science and Maths curriculum for Seshego’s Grades 10 to 12. The topics are covered in a structured manner, ensuring that learners engage in quality content,” said Bez Sangari, CEO Sangari SA, the wholly-owned South African provider of learning solutions.
The iBox projects curriculum-aligned class notes onto a classroom screen. Using a handheld tablet and electronic pen, the teacher covers the subject, highlights important information with additional notes, videos, simulations and illustrations.
The iBox is a full multimedia device and a hub of curriculum information that assists teachers in curriculum delivery. Learners have access to imbedded learning material, workbooks and related subject matter, eliminating the most challenging problems relating to literacy, numeracy and teaching competence.
Sangari SA focuses on Mathematics, Science and Technology with over 4 000 lesson content slides approved by the National Department of Education. These lessons are presented in PowerPoint format and structured according to the CAPS Curriculum for Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences.
“Teachers are empowered with powerful interactive whiteboard software enabling them to present rich media lessons, annotate over any document, picture or video, and manage any student’s tablet computer,” said Mr Sangari.
A baseline assessment was conducted with the educators, learners, and parents at the school before the installation of the iBoxes with a second evaluation done six weeks after the implementation.
Grade 12 Pure Maths results improved from a 79,5% at the end of 2014 to a 100% pass rate in the first term of 2015. Physical Sciences improved from 49,7% to 82%.
“The general view is that the iBox is helping the educators to achieve their objectives and make teaching easier. The survey conducted with learners and parents showed that learners were enjoying the lessons where educators use simulations, computer aided diagrams and videos which improved understanding,” said Mr Sangari.
Head of department, Mr Donald Legodi, indicated that the iBox had improved learning significantly. Parents said the technology helped their children achieve better results.
“We are finding the iBox useful to the school as it helps educators achieve their objectives better. The iBox is an exciting and useful innovation,” said Mr Legodi.
“The learners confirmed that the iBox helped to understand concepts better. They also indicated that they enjoy and understand lessons better. Parents confirmed that they were happy with the way their children were learning and highlighted that their children express their satisfaction with the use of technology,” he said.