Learners shine in math

2015-09-10 06:00
Principal Mahlubi Ngqukuvana and his staff, from left, Tobi Sindisa, Mncedisi Soga and Nozuko Alam congratulate the learners on their achievement.

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Principal Mahlubi Ngqukuvana and his staff, from left, Tobi Sindisa, Mncedisi Soga and Nozuko Alam congratulate the learners on their achievement. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Dedication and putting an extra effort has paid off for Vuyani Primary School teachers and learners as the school has now walked away with six top positions in a maths competition.

The Gugulethu school was part of many that took part in the Metro Central Education District Mathematics Competition, which was held at Alexander Sinton Secondary School in Athlone.

The Seven learners in Grades 3 to 7, who participated in the competition, became the toast of their their peers from other schools.

Mncedisi Soga, of of the teachers, said this shows that the school is now well prepared to write thei Annual National Assessments (ANA) which takes place between September 15 to the 18th.

“I am very excited with the win. We focused on the basic revision in class, which helped us a lot.

We want to thank parents for allowing their children to attend extra classes and we also want to thank the teachers for availing themselves for teaching in extra classes.

The dedication paid off for us.

We are hoping to win more cups next year,” Soga said.

It was still not clear if the competition would advance to the provincial level and national level due to lack of funds.

Sizamkele Vutela, 11, a Grade 5 learner, said the awards motivated them to do more.

“I am very happy for our achievements.

I would like to thank our teachers because we would not have won without their effort.

I enjoy doing maths and I will ensure that we win more cups next year,” Vutela said.

.Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has released figures on the country’s mathematics education and they paint a bleak picture about the performance of the country’s education system.

The figures show that the number of learners taking mathematics as a subject at high school level is shrinking on a year, by year basis.

Accordingly, they said, between 2012 and the most recent statistics, the number of students taking mathematics in Matric has decreased by nearly 4 percentage points.

Another concern was that only 12% of 2014’s successful matriculants achieved more than 50% in mathematics.

Below are some of the findings from the DA about the state of mathematics education in SA:

)The percentage of learners enrolled to write the Grade 12 mathematics exam declined from 44.3% in 2012, to 43% in 2013, 42.3% in 2014, and presently stands at 40.8% in 2015.

)The Department of Basic Education has no idea how many learners are enrolled to study mathematics in Grade 10 in 2015.

)The Department of Basic Education has no idea how many teachers are teaching mathematics at FET level.

)The Department of Basic Education has no idea how many of the teachers currently teaching mathematics are qualified to do so.

)The Department of Basic Education has no idea how many mathematics teachers are actually required by the education sector.

The DA said that while the Department of Basic Education has taken steps to address the problems, these steps are a waste of time unless their effectiveness is measured

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