SAPREF launches science labs in South Durban schools

The teaching of Maths and Science in South Durban schools has received a boost with the establishment of two science laboratories In Isipingo and Umlazi today.

The SAPREF-sponsored labs at Isipingo and Umlazi Secondary Schools will cater for a total of thirteen schools, Platt Drive Primary, Primrose Primary, Reunion Secondary, Isipingo Hills Primary, Umlazi Commercial, Umlazi Comtech, Zwelethu High, Mason Lincoln High, Umlazi Primary, Naleni High and Inkonkoni Primary.  More than 5000 learners from grades 6-12 will benefit from the project.

The R900 000 project involved converting a classroom at the schools into a fully-equipped science laboratory, complete with work benches, cupboards, Bunsen burners, science kits and chemicals. In addition, six computers, a data projector and a screen for each school are part of the package to aid teaching and learning. The equipment and technology was selected in consultation with the Department of Education to meet the new curriculum objectives.

Being cognisant that many science learners cannot complement the theory learnt with practical experience, SAPREF has since 2004, installed  ten science labs in schools, five in Umlazi, two in Isipingo and one each  in Lamontville, Merebank and Wentworth.

Says SAPREF Robin Mooldijk: “These initiatives support the quality of the learning and teaching. They are part of a wider response by SAPREF to the call to uplift conditions in schools, especially in the area of maths, science and technology. SAPREF is grateful for the guidance of the Department of Education and the input from our neighbouring communities in developing these projects.”

KZN MEC for Education, Mr Senzo Mchunu concurred, adding that partnerships with the private sector will go a long way in helping the government to fulfill its mandate of providing quality education for every child.

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Notes to Editor:
• SAPREF is jointly (50/50) owned by Shell SA Refining and BP Southern Africa.
• SAPREF is the largest crude oil refinery in Southern Africa, having about 35 percent refining capacity for the country.
• SAPREF’s social investment initiatives focus on sustainable projects, especially maths and science education and capacity building projects for the nine communities surrounding the refinery.