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South Africa: Maths Indaba a Success
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 22, 2016

“Teams led by the Maths, Science and Technology (MST) Ministerial Task Team will now... finalise the work done over the three days and bring it to its conclusion with an informed way forward for South African Mathematics education.

“These teams of experts will work in consultation with other key stakeholders in carrying this task forward,” the department said.

Minister Motshekga has given the teams 12 months to complete the work and to present back to the Mathematics Indaba the final Mathematics Framework in December 2017.

Participants at the indaba included thought leaders and experts from industry, academia, NGOs as well as the basic education sector.

“The experts reflected deeply on the landscape of Mathematics education in the basic education sector and spent time looking at how other countries succeed in the teaching and learning of Mathematics to achieve the good learning outcomes they have done over the years,” the department said.

The indaba’s objectives were to develop a South African pedagogical content knowledge outlook that will inform the teaching and learning of Mathematics. The integration of assessment into the teaching and learning of Mathematics, the writing of Mathematics textbooks and the initial and continuous teacher education programmes formed a large portion of the discussions.

“Participants expressed excitement on the vision created by the Minister and committed to working with the basic education sector in finding solutions to the teaching and learning of Mathematics in the country,” the department said. 

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