COSAT

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Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT)
COSAT main entrance.JPG
Motto No Excuses, Just Success!
Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
Website COSAT

Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) is the first of three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) schools in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town and was established in 1999.[citation needed][nb 1]

Campus[edit]

Since April 2011 COSAT is located in iLitha Park in Khayelitsha. In addition to its classroom, library and hall, the school building has labs for Physical Science, Information Technology, Life Science, and Computer studies. The school capacity is 550 students.[citation needed]

The campus receives funding from the Upstream Training Trust, which was established by the Petroleum Agency SA and South African offshore oil and gas companies in 1997.[3][4]

SERI[edit]

The school is overseen by the non-profit organization Science Education Resources Initiative (SERI), which was established in August 2004 to improve the quality of Khayelitsha, South Africa's science and mathematics education.[5]

Academics[edit]

In 2012 COSAT was the first township school to make the provinces’ top ten list for the 2011 matric exams.[6] Since its inception in 1999, the school has had a 100% matric pass rate every year except 2009. The school was placed in the ninth position, amongst the most elite schools in the Western Cape.[citation needed]

The school, which follows the national curriculum, teaches students from grades 8 to 12. Students enter the school at grades 8 and 10. The curriculum for grades 10 to 12 includes: isiXhosa or Sesotho language, English language, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, Information Technology (Java Programming) and Life Orientation. An optional class is IEB Advanced Program Mathematics. In Grades 8 and 9, learners are exposed to Robotics (Lego NXT Robots) and Scratch Programming.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The other two existing schools are the Cape Academy in Tokai and the new Claremont High School.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cape Academy. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  2. ^ Claremont High School. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ Projects Funded. Upstream Training Trust. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  4. ^ Profile. Upstream Training Trust. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ Centre of Science & Technology (COSAT). Netpages. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ Akhayelitsha Schools Success Shines Like a Beacon of Possibility. WCEDNEWS. Retrieved 30 September 2012.