Activist hits out at maths bodies
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.