n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Individualised teacher support intervention - a case study

Volume 2010, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


The majority of secondary schools in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and Culture are underresourced in both material and human terms. A report published by EduSource in 1997 found that most mathematics and science educators were not qualified to teach the subjects. Although 85% of mathematics educators were professionally qualified as educators, only 50% had specialized in mathematics teaching (DoE, 2001). After a pilot study, we were aware of under-qualified educators who were teaching mathematics at grades 10, 11 and 12. We found also that the learner-educator ratio was too high (in most cases about sixty to one). There was also an inadequate supply of textbooks at the two schools investigated. Other resources were also unavailable.

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