SA takes lessons from other countries to address poor performance in maths

Department of Basic Education is currently holding a three day maths indaba in Pretoria which is aimed at coming up with ways to address the problem of poor leaner performance in mathematics.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says government has acknowledged that there crisis in learning and teaching of mathematics, and there is a need for an intervention.

EWN reporter, Thando Kubheka, says Motshekga said there needs to be proper analysis and patterns.

The minister says they are taking lessons from other countries in order to find ways to teach mathematics and science in a way that is unique to South Africa.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

The main cause of this poor performance in maths and science is that we have poor quality of teachers. Teachers are asked questions they cannot answer in classrooms.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

In the rural areas you have pupils who don't understand English. She says it's then very difficult for them to understand maths.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

Listen to the audio below to hear more about the department's plans to address poor leaner performance in maths....

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