Plan to train maths teachers

One day of each week will be spent brushing up on parts of the curriculum

In a desperate bid to improve maths teaching in South African schools, the Basic Education Department will dedicate one day each week to training Grade 8 and 9 maths teachers how to teach the critical subject. This follows years of poor results in maths as a result of inadequate teaching of maths, science and technology (MST).

Called the “1+4 model”, this new plan will see teachers attend the training on, say, Monday on the particular week’s content, which is broken down into sections to be taught each day.

The remaining four days will see them teaching the content covered in the training session. While there has already been a backlash to this model, the department has given an assurance that teaching time lost during training will be made up.

On the day of training, teachers will first be tested to see how much they know about the particular section of the curriculum and undergo another test at the end of the day to see how well they have grasped the concept.

-Zandile Mbabela and Katherine Child

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