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What’s been said about giving a ‘Second Chance’

In 2015 Winning Teams implemented a Second Chance Programme at public Adult Education &Training Centres in Gauteng. This was in response to a request by the management of these two Centres to provide support to teachers and learners who register at AET Centres to rewrite/upgrade their National Senior Certificate Mathematics and Physical Science examinations.

Due to a lack of financial support these Centres are unable to provide the teacher and learner support needed to give learners a real second chance. Sadly 70-80% of learners fail again. Winning Teams is thrilled to announce that the implemented programme was highly successful.

Comment from a Teacher:

“As a Centre we look back on our relationship with Winning Teams. It has been highly successful for both teachers and learners. The improvement in the 2015 NSC Results compared to 2014 is huge in both Mathematics and Physical Science. The improvements in results are:

Physical Science from a % pass rate of 20 to 40%, an improvement in the pass rate of 20%.

Mathematics from % pass rate of 20% to 37%, an improvement of 17%.

Learners on the Winning Teams programme performed much better than those NOT on the programme by as much as 38%.

These improved pass rates clearly show the contribution made by Winning Teams.

Improvement was not only visible for learners who perform above average but also for those below average.

We really appreciate this continued partnership that has impacted the lives of so many learners”


Comments from Learners:

“I would like to thank Winning Teams for helping me with my school work. I did so well, my marks improved a lot and I have been accepted at University of Johannesburg to study homeopathy.” Tshulma Lindokuhle

“Winning Teams has helped me achieve the level pass I require. It was an upliftment programme that helped me gain knowledge and provided a better learning experience.” Mohale Dube

“Winning Teams is not just a programme but a living testimony that when hard work is combined with a learning partnership, good results will follow.” Palesa Mazibuko

“Winning Teams is a process of sharing and working together and gives us the material and equipment we need and a method of learning that helps you achieve good results.” Sheila Lala

“Winning Teams helps you achieve what you want to achieve only if you are willing to do your utmost best and teaches you to be able to learn on your own and with others.” Lebogang Kgwetiane

“Winning Teams has helped me to discover that Mathematics is not as bad as I thought. The techniques they used were of great help – from the group activities, peer teaching and good tutoring. Today I am proud to say that I am a Bed student at North West University and I am majoring in Mathematics. Thanks to the foundation that was laid, this would not have been possible if Winning Teams was not there.” K Mokoena

EXCITING NEWS – 2015 National Senior Certificate Pass Rates

The Winning Teams Second Chance Programme has made a significant impact on the 2015 National Senior Certificate % pass rates of Learners at public Adult Education & Training Centres in Gauteng.

% Pass rate of Learners

AET Centres

% Pass rate >30% 

Learners ON the WT Programme 

% Pass rate >30% 

Learners NOT on the WT Programme

Comparative Difference in the Pass rates
Thuto Mfundo
Mathematics 61% 20% +41%
Physical Science 60% 23% +37%
St. Anthony’s  
Mathematics 56% 35% +21%
Physical Science 66% 28% +38%

Impact of the WT Programme on the Overall Centres >30% Pass Rate

AET Centres Subject 2014 2015 Improvement
St. Anthony’s Mathematics 29% 49% +20%
St. Anthony’s Physical Science 39% 57% +18%
Thuto Mfundo Mathematics 20% 37% +17%
Thuto Mfundo Physical Science 20% 39% +19%


Let me take this time and thank Winning Teams in Education

Matome Phillix posted on Winning Teams in Education’s timeline

“Let me take this time and thank Winning Teams in Education.

My Story:

When I first failed matric in 2011 I had Winning Team’s Learner Booklets but never went through them, and failed Maths & Physical Sciences. I repeated in 2012 and used them but not that much, then I failed the very same subjects again. It’s like I never believed this thing that Maths & Physical Sciences were difficult for me, or anyone for that matter.

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My Story – Godfery Lekgoara

A letter received from Godfery:

During the second term in 2012, while I was in Grade 12 in Bakwena Secondary school in Limpopo, I was introduced to the Winning Teams Programme for Mathematics and Physical Science. At that stage our attitudes towards Maths and Science was really bad.  We did not understand what we were being taught and we were bored with the teacher. We accepted that we were going to fail.

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An education system in crisis

Nic Spaull says the reality is that poor state schooling continues to condemn most black children to the underclass.

Nic Spaull is currently a post-doc fellow at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

This article first appeared on and on Politicsweb.

My opening remarks at the OR Tambo Debate and an afterword…

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The Big Read: The new normal must be greatness

Prof. (JD) Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, comments on the state of school education, highlighting the learning crisis we have in South Africa.

This was published in the TimesLive 17 July 2015.

Something that always puzzled me growing up on the mean streets of the Cape Flats was how a long-time inmate from nearby Pollsmoor Prison would be released only to quickly commit another crime so that he could rejoin his friends on the inside.

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