Research and Evaluation Reports

High School Mathematics, Science & English

The Zenex Foundation has commissioned a number of research and evaluation studies since its inception in 1995, and from which the Foundation draws lessons that inform programme development, policy and practice.

The most recent research and evaluation reports are clustered under five categories, with a brief summary of each report available for download once you click through to a specific category below. The categories are:

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This evaluation report examines the effectiveness of the Inkanyezi Project, a Zenex Foundation funded initiative that enabled selected Black learners to attend public schools with a history of providing quality Mathematics and Science education.

Conducted by Quality Projects in Education and Schaffer & Associates from 2009 to 2016, the evaluation investigated, inter alia, whether the performance of the participating learners improved in Mathematics and Science, and what lessons could be learned in terms of expanding the project to more schools, and advancing Mathematics and Science teaching and learning in schools. The report contains a number of findings around mentorship, learner selection, project management and other elements of the project.

This research into the factors that contribute to quality Mathematics and Science teaching in public schools, was funded by the Zenex Foundation and conducted by the Centre for Development and Enterprise.

The study, which was concluded at the end of 2013, focused on second tier schools that perform just below the top producers of Mathematics and Science learners but above the national average. The research examined the relationship between school performance in Mathematics and factors such as teacher to learner ratios, teacher qualifications and experience, and teacher competence.

The evaluation was of a bridging programme offered to learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who wanted to improve the quality of their Grade 12 Mathematics and Science results. The bridging programme was presented through a College funded by a JSE-listed technology and engineering company.

This evaluation report examines the effectiveness of Zenex-ISASA Mathematics & English Programme that enabled selected Black learners to attend independent schools with a history of providing quality Mathematics and Science education.

Conducted by Quality Projects in Education, the evaluation investigated, inter alia, whether the performance of the participating learners improved in Mathematics and Science, and what lessons could be learned in terms of advancing Mathematics and Science teaching and learning in schools. The report contains a number of findings around mentorship, learner selection and other elements of the project.

The learner placement projects selects learners with potential from disadvantaged and low performing schools and places them into high performing functional schools. The Zenex Foundation has funded two learner placement projects: Independent Schools Association of South Africa – Maths and English (ISASA M&E) since 2006, and Inkanyezi (a collective name for the group of public schools selected in KNZ) since 2009.