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Education Minister: Let's find our own ways to teach maths

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the country urgently needs to create its own unique way of teaching maths.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the country urgently needs to create its own unique way of teaching maths to demystify the perception that South African children are not mathematically inclined.

The Basic Education Department has convened a three-day indaba, aimed at addressing and improving the outcomes and performance of maths and science.

The minister says innovative ways need to be explored to address poor learning outcomes in mathematics.

“We’re all working in different ways, but we’re not getting the traction that we want.”

She has reminded parents of their responsibility to stimulate their children’s minds at a very young age.

“Especially with societal issues and beyond just bringing them to schools, there are things you need to do in your homes to really help your kids perform.”

The minister says South Africa is also taking lessons from other countries who are doing well in maths educations.”

LISTEN: Turning around maths literacy rates in SA schools

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)