- On Friday, the 2019 matric results were approved by the Umalusi council
- Although Umalusi gave the results a thumbs-up, they were worried about the "trend in mathematics"
- Chairperson John Volmink called on maths teachers to teach the subject differently
After an evaluation found that there were no exam paper leaks or systemic irregularities, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) approved 2019 matric results, News24 reported.
However, the council saw a disturbing trend in mathematics. The Sowetan reported Umalusi chairperson John Volmink said press conference in Pretoria on Friday that they had observed a worrying trend in maths.
According to Volmink, the subject was not "progressing" compared to other subjects in terms of "learner performance".
Volmink said there was also a decrease in interest showed by pupils in maths while more and more learners are picking mathematics literacy.
The Umalusi chairperson said the problem could be rooted in how the subject is being taught in schools.
He said: “Problem-solving skills must be developed and the confidence to deal with non-routine problems must be nurtured. It is something we as a country have to pay serious attention to. We maybe have to look at ways to help teachers teach maths differently.”
Maths is not the only subject that has been seeing a decline in learners. Volmink revealed that the number of pupils who chose accounting decreased drastically in the last five years.
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