Nothing wrong with curriculum - Motshekga

2014-12-06 11:02

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Johannesburg - The problem with poor maths marks does not lie with the curriculum, but with how the subject is taught, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said, Beeld reported on Saturday.

"There is nothing wrong with the curriculum. It is how the subject is taught. We need to urgently solve this problem before the start of the new school year," she said at an emergency conference of teachers in Midrand on Friday, convened by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

Lesufi wanted to determine the reasons for the poor Annual National Assessment (ANA) results. Since the test was introduced in 2012, the average maths mark for Grade 9 pupils has declined from 13% to 10.8%.

Only 4% of Grade 9 pupils in Gauteng got 50% or more for maths on the ANA test.

A teacher at a Kempton Park high school agreed with Motshekga's statement.

"The curriculum is in no way the problem. It lies with the teachers and the pupils," Norkem Park High teacher Tiyiko Mathe was quoted as saying.

"Most Grade 9 pupils at our school bunk maths. And most of the teachers don't know how to teach the subject and apply the curriculum."


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