Report: Results of maths assessment shockingly poor

By Drum Digital
09 July 2014

How did your children do in maths this term? Nearly all Grade 9s in the country (96 per cent) got 50 per cent or less in a national maths norm test last year, according to Sunday newspaper City Press.

In 2 411 schools Grade 9s got between 0 and 30 per cent for maths in the annual national assessment completed by learners in Grades 1 to 6 and Grade  9 last year. A total of 2 805 schools countrywide participated.

Two thirds of Grade 6 learners and just more than 40 per cent of Grade 3s got 50 per cent or less for maths.

Grade 6 learners in 429 schools got 0 to 30 per cent for maths and the same was true for Grade 3s in 59 schools countrywide.

Limpopo did worst in the assessment, followed by the rural areas of Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape.

The annual national assessment for 2014 was done last month. The results are expected to be made known in December.

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