February 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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“Skewed Maths exams favour top learners and handicap the below-average”

We, the Concerned Maths Educators (CME), are a network of Maths teachers in schools and institutions throughout South Africa.  Our stance as educators is one of proactive and progressive participation. We are all dedicated and committed to improving mathematics education in South Africa.

Our Objectives – To make maths more accessible to ALL South African learners.

On Friday 8 February 2008 we met with the Department of National Education to consider two tiers of Maths in the new Mathematics curriculum as we felt that the current assessment  system would not adequately cater for both the top learner as well as the below-average learner.

At the meeting held at the parliament buildings between a core group of mathematics teachers in our network and the advisor to the Minister of Education, Mr Martin Mulcahy, the Chief of National Examinations, Mr Nkosi Shisi and Thomas Masango the Chief Education Specialist for Mathematics it was decided that it was too late to effect any changes for the final examination in 2008 and we were invited to keep the lines of communication open for future meetings.

In the meantime we have established a nationwide Maths Forum where we as professionals can
• debate issues that affect us and the learners we teach;
• exchange ideas and resources and
• become an effective pressure group for change.

We have also established a dedicated maths website, www.mathsexcellence.co.za to achieve this goal.

We invite you to examine our arguments outlined in the article, entitled:

   “Skewed Maths exams favour top learners and
         handicap the below-average” 
                        and our  
    ” Proposed format for a differentiated Maths assessment “

posted on our website: www.mathsexcellence.co.za  and would like you to air your opinion regarding our proposals. 

Please click on the ‘COMMENTS’ button at the top of this page then scroll to the bottom of the ‘COMMENTS’ page and add your comment.

Alternatively, you may email your comment to : info@mathsexcellence.co.za

Thank you for your interest.

Concerned Maths Educators (CME)

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