A group of maths teachers has launched a website to help struggling pupils and teachers. The Concerned Maths Educators (CME), are mathematics teachers and lecturers from schools and universities.
CME co-ordinator Aslam Mukadam said their website, www.mathsexcellence.co.za, aimed to assist pupils and teachers with the maths curriculum.
“Teachers and learners are welcome to visit our website where they will find examples with answers. We think that will assist them with their preliminary and final exams,” he said.
Mukadam, who is based in Cape Town, said teachers and pupils were having problems with the new maths syllabus.
“We are happy with the new curriculum and its implementation, but we feel the vast majority of middle ground pupils are at a disadvantage,” said Mukadam. He said the new curriculum was similar to the old higher grade (HG) which was difficult for some pupils to grasp.
“In the old curriculum, only 15 percent of the learners in the country did maths on HG and in that 15 percent only 4.8 percent passed. If now there are no levels in this new curriculum, then we have a problem,” he said.
Mukadam said parents were also welcome to comment on their blog about problems their children faced in the new maths curriculum.
A maths teacher at Jongile Nompodo Senior secondary in Stutterheim, who joined the CME network in August, said she had found more material on their website to help pupils.
“I can get material to assist my learners. I went to the website and saw that they had examples and tutorial material and it helped me a lot,” said the teacher. Yesterday matriculants in the Eastern Cape wrote their first maths and maths literacy trial exam papers. Most of them said they had found yesterday’s paper easier than expected.
Stirling High School pupil Tristan Schreiber said she enjoyed the maths paper.
South African Democratic Teachers’ Union provincial secretary Mxolisi Dimaza praised the website initiative.
“We welcome anything that will improve our education, especially if it’s relevant to what learners are doing.”