Mathematics Provincial Summit underway in FS

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A high number of primary school teachers across the Free State are going to attend a mathematics summit of the Free State Department of Education in Lejweleputswa District.

According to the Free State Deputy Chief Education Specialist, Lekolomi Seutloali, approximately 180 mathematics teachers are expected to attend the two day provincial summit that will take place from tomorrow until September 30th.

The summit will focus on training mathematics teachers and on methods in which they could teach learners mathematics.  Seutloali says the summit is aimed at improving teachers and learners’ performance in mathematics.

“The primary goal is to promote primary mathematics with the understanding that a proper foundations in this subject will consequently help learners’ perform once they have reached grade 12,” explained Seutloali.

“During the two day summit mathematicians from SA Teachers organisation and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will present alternative ways in which teachers can help learners understand this subject easier,” said Seutloali.

Seutloali says there is a high number of primary school learners who perform poorly in mathematics and this contributes to low matric pass rates.

“Once we have mastered methods in which we could teach mathematics effectively and help them perform better in this subject from a young age, they will be able to pass this subject with distinctions in the high school,” said Seutloali.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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