The overall aim of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy is to actively improve the quality of Maths and Science teaching and learning in schools.

The key objectives are:

  • Operating a Saturday School on the St Stithians College campus, providing extra tuition to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who self-select to attend these classes from a large number of high schools in greater Johannesburg, and in particular from under-resourced districts. The curriculum focuses on Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, English and Accounting.

  • Facilitating the training of new teachers through an internship programme which places trainee teachers in the schools of St Stithians College. There is a special focus on areas of critical teacher shortage, such as Maths and Science; English; and Early Childhood Development (ECD)/Foundation Phase. The interns are mentored by senior teachers of St Stithians.

  • Creating an in-service teacher development programme for educators teaching across the educational phases. Teachers are drawn from over 400 schools across greater Gauteng, and workshops focus on improving teaching skills and methodologies; classroom management; and integrating technology into teaching and learning. Special attention is given to key learning areas: numeracy/Maths; language and literacy; Natural Science; technology; and leadership.

  • Providing scholarships to highly talented students (from the group described as historically disadvantaged South Africans), enabling these students to enrol in schools of excellence, such as St Stithians College.