Bad teaching blamed for poor Maths, Physical Science, Accounting results

2010-01-08 00:00

THERE is a desperate need to improve the quality of teaching, said the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).

This comes after the KZN Education Department blamed teachers for poor maths, science and accounting matric results.

Department head Dr Cassius Lubisi said there is clear evidence some teachers are avoiding various sections in these subjects as they do not have the skills to teach them.

He pointed out accounting and said teachers deliberately avoid bookkeeping and management accounting.

In maths, it is known that some teachers avoided trigonometry, he said.

While the department is pleased with the quality of the passes in all the subjects, Lubisi said they would have to address the issue of tea­chers who avoided certain topics.

He said many pupils struggled with accounting, in which they achieved a 67% pass rate.

There was a 45% pass rate for maths, he said.

“This was a higher grade paper … those who were doing standard grade would have failed this paper,” he said, adding that the standard grade option for the subject was done away with.

There was a 39% pass in physical science, he said.

Sadtu said there is an urgent need for a concrete plan for teacher development

“We need to develop and support teachers. Teachers who are confident in subject matter and teaching techniques are crucial to delivering quality education,” Sadtu said.

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