Press Release - Physics Teacher Development Under COVID19

Press Release for Immediate Release

Essential Skills for Grade 12 Physical Science Examination Preparation

Support under COVID-19 lockdown and

Vhembe Virtual Physical Science Teacher Training, 07 – 11 Sept 2020

South Africa faces a fundamental and systematic challenge of poor maths and science education, leading to low physical science pass rates at school. This year the challenge is exacerbated by the condensed school calendar which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.  We are glad to inform the country that the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) has developed innovative ways to support both the physical science teachers and Grade 12 learners.

The SAIP’s primary goal is to improve physics education and research, develop and nurture the next generation of physicists in South Africa. Physics is a fundamental science that underpins the development of all other science, engineering and technology disciplines. Studying physics imparts transferable quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are valuable in areas such as medicine, engineering, ICT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), astronomy, financial analysis and investment management, among others. If more learners pass and perform well in physics at high school, South Africa will have more science, engineering, and technology human capital skills required for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs). We aim to unlock physics potential to address socio-economic challenges with a view to realise Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for South Africa.

In line with these aims, the SAIP in collaboration with the physics community and support from the Philanthropy Initiative with Employees of Allan Gray will be engaged in the following activities:

Online Teacher Development Workshops

We usually organise teacher development and Grade 12 workshops using face to face interactive events.  However, with the restrictions and safety measures under COVID-19 lockdown, SAIP has moved to commence online training events. Hence, from 7 – 11 September 2020, SAIP will be running an online Physical Science Teacher Training Workshop for approximately 230 teachers from the Vhembe District in Limpopo Province. Preparations are at an advanced stage to rollout the workshops in Gauteng and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Resources for Grade 12 Physical Sciences Paper 1 Examination Preparation

SAIP recognises that access to data and connectivity for some teachers, learners, and remote schools remains a logistical challenge. Hence the SAIP in collaboration with the University of Zululand Science Centre are therefore supporting schools through the following initiatives:

1.      Distribution of printed booklets for learners and teachers on Essential Skills for the Grade 12 Physical Science Paper 1;

2.      Distribution of USB memory sticks for teachers with portable document format (PDF) materials and lecturer videos on various physics topics to augment the booklets;

3.      Teachers can play videos and review the booklets with learners. The advantage of this method is that teachers can pause or replay at any time;

4.      Provision of support to those who have access to data via online training by working through the distributed materials and discussing examination concepts.

If you would like to receive these materials and get further free support and mentoring from physics experts, please contact the SAIP office.

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Press Contacts

1.      Mr Brian Masara – CEO SAIP: Cell: 073 73 72562

2.      Dr Eric Maluta – SAIP Council Member on Physics Education : Cell: 061 246 0670

3.      Dr Sam Ramaila – Chairperson: SAIP Physics Education Division: Cell: 064 656 6387

4.      Professor Azwinndini Muronga- SAIP Ambassador for Physics Education & Teacher Development: Cell: 082 458 4535

5.     SAIP Office: Phone 012 841 2655/2401/2627 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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