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Motshekga admits teaching, learning of maths in critical state

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says there are several factors that contribute to the poor performance.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says government has begun to accept that there is a crisis in the teaching and learning of mathematics in South Africa and urgent intervention is needed.

The department is currently holding a three day maths indaba in Pretoria which is aimed at coming up with ways to address the problem in the public schooling system.

Motshekga, experts and other stakeholders have convened the three day meeting to analyse the patterns and causes of poor learner performance in maths.

She says the teaching and learning of the subject is in a critical state.

“We are not where we wish to be, we are making progress but the pace is very unpleasant.”

The Education Minister says there are several factors that contribute to the poor performance including the lack of quality educators.

“Universities are about research, so they focus on content and you find that our teachers struggle to impart those concepts.”

Motshekga says a proper diagnosis is needed in order save the state of mathematics in the country.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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