DBE & Japan Cement Maths Outcomes Initiative

Riyaz Patel

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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga and the Ambassador of Japan, Norio Maruyama has cemented a partnership aimed at improving Mathematics learning outcomes in South African schools.

The DBE cooperates with Japan through Maths specialists provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and who are currently assisting provincial education departments in improving Mathematics learning outcomes.  

The DBE and JICA piloted the “In-School Monitoring Model” in 192 schools in the Eastern Cape and North West Provinces for monitoring the implementation of teaching word problems through lesson plan style activities using a guidebook.

The DBE-JICA Mathematics project will play a crucial role in improving quality passes in Mathematics, JICA said.

JICA also congratulated the DBE for having overseen a significant improvement in Mathematics during the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations.

The two parties are now working towards the development of a teacher’s manual that will consist of lesson plans and critical pointers to address learning gaps in Mathematics.

JICA is further assisting the DBE with the establishment of the National Mathematics, Science and Technology Institute.

Maruyama reaffirmed Tokyo’s commitment to support the DBE in enhancing Mathematics outcomes, and announced that the contracts of the JICA Mathematics specialists provided to the DBE has been extended to 2020.

“Japan wants to continue providing the much needed support in the field of Mathematics, and is also willing to expand the support to include science and vocational education and training, to support South Africa in gearing itself up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Maruyama.

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