Buoyed by the need to see an improvement in the matric pass rate, two UKZN students have developed an English study guide to help high school pupils in rural areas. The guide is a great resource to those pupils looking to tackle English as a second language.

Fundamental Study Guides are targeted at matriculants and Grade 11 pupils who study Maths, Physics, and English. The UKZN student are also currently developing the Physics and Maths guides.

Twenty-two-year old Mechanical Engineering students Mr Mpondo Mkhuseli and Mr Lindokuhle Maphanga started the project earlier this year. Having grown up in Bizana in the Eastern Cape and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, they were inspired to help pupils cope with subjects they were battling to pass. ‘Students from both provinces are suffering when it comes to education resources and that has led to a high failure rate,’ said Mkhuseli.

Mkhuseli said only 12 students out of 54 in his class passed matric. ‘Both provinces are always last when it comes matric results and students from rural areas are more disadvantaged. We are talking from experience, we are the product of that educational system.’

Maphanga asked anyone who could assist with the project, especially with publishing and distributing the study guides, to email them at fundamentalstudyguides@gmail.com.

The guides can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/Fundamental-study-guides-project-1975289602687289/ or by emailing fundamentalstudyguides@gmail.com

Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer