Tshwaragano Junior Secondary School hosted a Maths and Science Fair for all the junior schools in Maun on Tuesday in an effort to help students improve their performance on the subjects post the Covid 19 pandemic.
Chairperson of the Organising Committee Onneile Morwe explained that the theme, ‘Mathematics and Science beyond covid-19’ was derived from their realisation that the students’ performance before Covid 19, was better as compared to post pandemic. This they believe is because there hasn’t been any Maths and Science fair held since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Morwe who is also a Mathematics teacher at Tshwaragano Junior Secondary School revealed that all the Junior schools in Maun came together to find ways to solve the problem of the low performance in the two subjects and it was agreed that the fair would be ideal.
He explained that the objective of the fair was to try and motivate students, improve performance and help those falling behind in the mathematics and science subjects. A variety of Maths and Science related activities including an oral quiz, Mathematics and Science problem solving activities were held.
Each school had three groups compromising of three teammates that participated in the activities held during the day and at the end the best performing students and groups walked away with awards and certificates.
Various stakeholders, among them the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) and the North West Regional Education Office also took part to motivate and educate learners on the importance of the subjects and also to raise awareness on their value while the G4 Consulting Engineers Mechanical and Electronics was the main sponsor of the fair.
Meanwhile Morwe has lamented that they are facing financial constraints as they have only one sponsor.
“We could not afford to invite more junior schools from outside Maun like those in the Okavango region due to the financial challenges, however we believe in future we will be able to do so to encourage and uplift students in those areas as well” he said.