Photos and text by Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Alinah Siyibane is a 3rd year Environmental Science student at Walter Sisulu University. She is one of the students who played a significant role in the establishment of a tutoring organization called Future Intellectuals in 2013, of which she is an events organiser. Future Intellectuals is non-profit organization formed by former learners of St. Patrick’s Senior Secondary School whereby they offer their tutoring services to their previous high school and other surrounding public high schools during Easter holidays and winter holiday camps. Alinah spent a week at St. Patrick’s S.S.S where she teaches Physical Science to Matric learners from St. Patrick’s and Nkqwiliso who camped at St. Patrick’s S.S.S, a school under Libode district that obtained a 100% matric pass rate in 2014. These pictures show what Alinah does on a typical day at St. Patrick’s S.S.S.
Student volunteer and Future Intellectuals’ event organiser, Alinah Siyibane is in her residence room at Walter Sisulu University preparing to go to teach at St. Patrick’s S.S.S
While combing her hair, she thinks deeply about how the day might go and she worries about the fact that students from Nkqwiliso S.S.S are lagging behind in Physical Science compared to St. Patrick’s S.S.S learners. For this reason, they have to start from scratch when they teach so as to ensure that all learners from the two different schools are on the same page
Alinah used to be one of Mr Odum’s favourite learners back in 2012 when she was still doing her Matric because she was a very bright at Physics. Mr Odum asks Alinah to photocopy some question papers so that she could revise with the Grade 12 learners and help them to pass with flying colours just like her.
This physics question paper reminds Alinah of when she was still a learner at St. Patrick’s because she was also required to revise similar questions, although a few of them have changed due to the new CAPS syllabus.
Alinah prints the question papers on both sides so as to avoid paper wastage. She remembers when she was required to buy 1 pack of Typek paper when she was still a learner at St. Patrick’s S.S.S because the school could not afford them.
Alinah stands in front of the Grade 12 Physics class as she explains some questions that they will need to answer.
Mr Odum stands aside because he trusts Alinah with her job since they have also worked together during the winter camps in 2013. Alinah came with the rest of her colleagues from the Future Intellectual team to teach subjects like Physics, Life Science, Maths, Maths Literacy and others.
Alinah uses the opportunity that she has been given to share some of the tricks that she used when she was still a learner to easily understand and memorize important terms in physics.
Alinah leaves the school fulfilled and with joy because she has left a mark in the lives of the learners that she was teaching
Alinah reads the Physics textbook as she walks out the gate of St. Patrick’s S.S.S. She is going to take a taxi home to Mdlankomo.