Reading students are winning students

In an effort to encourage students to read more the Faculty of Applied Sciences recently hosted their second Reading Quiz.

Nine teams of students from different departments competed against each other to establish a winning team from District Six Campus and Bellville Campus respectively. Language Coordinator for the Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr Ignatius Ticha served as quiz master on the District Six Campus while language practitioner Dmitri Jegels was quiz master on the Bellville campus for round one and the semi-finals on Bellville.

The two teams – Food Technology from Bellville and Environmental Management from District Six – then competed against each other in a fun-filled quiz in Cape Town.

The all-female blue team from Food Technology eventually won the day over the mixed green team from Environmental Management, who took it in good spirits. The winning team won a voucher worth R10 000 which they split amongst the team members while the runners up split a voucher of R5 000. All participants also received a goody bag and certificate.

Ticha said the quiz was started to encourage a culture of reading amongst their students and boost the use of Institutional resources.

“Really, it is to get them read with understanding.”.

Students were encouraged to use the PressReader digital database on the CPUT website to access particular newspapers over a specific period of time and quiz questions drew from the stories they would have read.

Addressing the students before the quiz started Ticha encouraged them to make better and more use of PressReader to not only arm themselves with knowledge about their own world but also improve their reading skills to improve their learning.

“All these newspapers are available on PressReader and we got the sense that the CPUT community just doesn’t use it. Dr Lynn Kleinveld from the Library assisted us with the quiz questions,” said Ticha.

Ticha hopes to use suggestions made by students to improve next year’s quiz and he challenged other CPUT campuses and departments to start their own quizzes in the hope of one day seeing students compete against each other across faculties.

The students in the winning blue team are: Alleluia Mukeshimana, Nanilethu Ngcukayitobi, Tina Bebe, Sesethu Ntoyabo and Asiphe Zayedwa.

Written by Theresa Smith

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