The Eastern Cape Department of Education has launched a  support program that seeks to assist learners in their studies and ensure they improve their marks.

The program, called Learner Attainment Improvement Strategy (LAIS) was launched at Dutywa in the Amathole district.

The aim is to address curricular delivery related matters in schools.

Education MEC, Mandla Makupula says his department provides the services of trained tutors, afternoon, evening and weekend classes and even study material for learners who lag behind in any studies.

“LAIS is a national program but what we have done is to customise it for the Eastern Cape. LAIS is about an addition on strategy to the normal time, do these extra jobs as part of enhancing learner teaching. In the Eastern Cape we said place emphasis on the following areas amongst others, numeracy and literacy for the foundation phase, focus on certain subjects, your high enrolment subjects; your maths, science, accounting, agriculture because these are subjects that are very important for the province. We’re placing emphasis on these subjects.”

Some schools in the district are already seeing results.

Principals Mzulungile Zozo and Nohlobo Matyholo started the program in their schools in 2015 and say it has yielded good results.

“LAIS, to us it’s a program which assists mostly the teachers in the class by saying someone who is better than the other they must come to mentor a teacher together with these assistants with these learners with the intentions of getting better results with better quality,” says Zozo.

Matyholo says, “LAIS has helped us a lot because it has improved the quality of teaching and learning. Even in my school I can say LAIS has helped me a lot because my matric results have improved.”