Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 | ICT in Africa
I can’t accept the fact that children in South Africa are not able to count. Yet, studies show that numeracy skills of our children are of the lowest in the world.
Why is it that some of our schools produce learners with excellent mathematical abilities, while neighbouring schools – drawing learners from the same communities – yield dismal results?
Why is it that some well-resources schools fare badly in equipping learners with numeracy skills, whereas some poorly resourced schools are doing so well?
Does the fault lie with the learners? No! Never doubt the talent of our children!
Is a lack of resources the problem? No! Many schools are performing miracles with the little that is available. You don’t need fancy equipment to teach learners to count and to remember their multiplication tables.
The education system – officials and teachers – must take responsibility for the fact that our kids can’t tally.