Teachers urge more attention for maths, science and English

2010-01-07 09:00

Overall matric exam results were pleasing but poor results in

“gateway” subjects like maths and English must be flagged for future attention,

the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) said today.

“The officials involved with managing the setting, printing and

distribution of question papers must be commended for their hard work,” said

Naptosa president Ezrah Ramasehla.

“It takes commitment and a high level of professionalism from all

concerned to successfully manage an examination of this nature and scale,” he


Ramasehla expressed concern over the impact of the fraud and

corruption allegations in Mpumalanga, which had led to several arrests after

papers were leaked.

The failure of 217 355 pupils remained a concern and it was hoped

they would take advantage of the chance to write supplementary exams later in

the year.

Referring to difficulties with maths, science and English, the

Ramasehla said: “Naptosa is of the view that a strategy should be put in place

to ensure that suitably qualified teachers are appointed in these posts and that

adequate support is given to develop teachers of these subjects.”

Naptosa added that lower performance in rural areas also remained

an area of concern, with inadequately resourced schools and poor support for

district officials.

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