Math teachers to be tested on their skills

By Drum Digital
17 March 2015

Angie Motshekga wants math teachers to take the tests that pupils write annually.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, wants grade three, six and nine maths teacher to write the Annual National Assessments for mathematics.

Business Day reports that this move will not implemented immediately as there needs to be proper consultation with the "relevant role-players".

It has also been reported that the results will only be used for research purposes and the teachers that have taken the tests will remain anonymous and will therefore continue to teach the subject irrespective of failing.

This move comes after calls have been made for teachers to be tested in their fields.

A study by the Southern and East African Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality found that "teachers could no answer questions taken from tests that their learners were expected to answer" and that only 38% of grade 6 mathematics teachers could answer questions correctly.

A report by the math, science and technology ministerial task team revealed that the country has lack of qualified and skilled maths, science and technology teachers.

Motshekga has said that this plan is in line with her target of greater education structures in 2025.

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