Ac­tivist hits out at maths bod­ies

The Star Early Edition - - MATRIC RESULTS - KHAYA KOKO Khaya.koko@inl.co.za

ED­U­CA­TION ac­tivist Hen­drik Makaneta slammed two lead­ing maths or­gan­i­sa­tions for fail­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of teach­ing in South Africa.

Makaneta, who is also the spokesman for the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Trans­for­ma­tion Net­work, said yes­ter­day that the As­so­ci­a­tion of Math­e­mat­ics Ed­u­ca­tors of South Africa (Amesa) and the South African Math­e­mat­ics Foun­da­tion (SAMF) com­plain about the qual­ity of the coun­try’s maths teach­ers with­out adding any­thing of value.

“Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Amesa and SAMF have been meet­ing ev­ery year for the past 23 years, yet there is noth­ing tan­gi­ble that can be seen in the life of math­e­mat­ics in South Africa. “All they do is join the cho­rus of peo­ple who com­plain daily that South Africa con­tin­ues to be at the bot­tom of the list of coun­tries of the world in as far as math­e­mat­ics per­for­mance is con­cerned,” he said.

Mak­e­nata said that he would like maths teach­ers to form their own or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause he feels that, as they are in the pro­fes­sion, they will have a far bet­ter knowl­edge than NGOs.

“These or­gan­i­sa­tions are just NGOs which read and pub­lish re­ports, elect their lead­er­ship and do noth­ing else. “SAMF, in par­tic­u­lar, ne­glects town­ship and ru­ral schools, only work­ing with sub­ur­ban schools and in­ter­na­tional maths bod­ies to con­cen­trate on the Maths Olympiad. “This is wrong as the ma­jor­ity of our learn­ers are in town­ship and ru­ral schools,” he said.

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