MUT and partners assist Umlazi English teachers improve their knowledge

Elet’s Manager for English, Dr Richard Finch, giving a lesson to the teachers

In January every year everyone looks forward to the release of the matric results. But not everyone would think of how much they would have contributed to improving the quality of the education learners are given.  Available evidence shows that so much needs to be done to take the standard of teaching at the country’s schools to an acceptable level. Being aware of this situation, Marcomms partnered with Elet (Environmental and Language Education Trust), to source funding from Sun Sibaya who donated R150 000 for the supply of English education resources and ran a workshop that was held on 1 March 2018. The workshop was attended by 48 English teachers from 27 Umlazi Township schools. Mervin Ogle, CEO of Elet, said they were assisting in improving the English teachers’ level of the knowledge because they believed English was the basis of most subjects. “English forms everything academic that we do.” Elet provided the Educators’ Guides, and learner resources for 30 high schools, so they would be able to improve the level at which they teach comprehension, literature, etc. Sun Sibaya’s HR Specialist/CSI Practitioner, Ntsoareleng Mnguni said contributing to improving the standard of English at the schools was their way of giving back to communities. Gugu Jali, Umlazi District Project Coordinator, said the assistance offered by Elet, Sun Sibaya and MUT was giving learners a chance to improve their level of English.