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‘We need to up the game on Maths and Science’ – Eastern Cape MEC


The Eastern Cape Department of Education says it needs to improve its teaching and standards on Mathematics and Science for grade 12’s in the province.

The MEC for Education, Fundile Gade, held a media briefing on Thursday where he focused on the strides the department has made to ensure good governance and school functionality.

The mid-year briefing comes at a time where it was decided that matriculants will not be writing June examinations but instead will have assessments.

Gade said the province aims to get a 40% improvement on Mathematics and Science subjects in all its districts then it can achieve what it wants.

Adding that the Eastern Cape is one of the provinces with the biggest number of students registered for Mathematics and Science.

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“Out of 15 000 enrolled grade 12’s in OR Tambo Costal 8 000 are doing maths and physics. Which means if focus is on Maths and Science in all districts, we will get what we want, we need to up the game on those subjects,” said Gade.

The MEC announced that the province will be having additional learning opportunities and curriculum support material for learners across the province.

“We will be conducting learning through radio, visual platforms (television) across the province to deal with the divide,” said Gade.

“We are a rural province but equally we are investing more in ITC to close that gap,” he said.

Learners and educators have had to adjust to learning and teaching since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.

The MEC said the plan is to ensure that learners continue to engage in the curriculum on a continuous basis to limit the learning losses which arises due to school closures.

Gade said his department suggest that there be a centralized learning, where if a maths lesson is taking place at 10am, all learners are tuned in at the same time to keep everyone one the same track. 

“Hence I am saying, the sequencing of timetabling of all subjects can give us the milage that we want, but it can only happen if we up the game on anywhere and anytime e-learning solutions to ensure we connect all high schools through broadcasting lessons,” said the MEC.

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