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Children learn science in nature play long before they get to school classrooms and labs

New research demonstrates the many aspects of nature play that make it a great way for young children to gain STEM knowledge.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces South Africa’s 2019 matric results and congratulates top achievers. Flickr/GCIS

Why South Africa’s declining maths performance is a worry

Performance in mathematics matters for university entrance. Without it, school leavers are not eligible for many programmes.
In the near future, the ability to code will be as essential as knowing how to read, write and count. Shutterstock

Coding in South African schools: what needs to happen to make it work

South Africa’s introducing coding as a school subject but until teacher education, IT infrastructure and internet connectivity issues, among others are addressed, the country has a long way to go.
Why do Asian children perform so well at maths? www.shutterstock.com

What is the secret to being good at maths?

Memorising facts and completing drills is likely to improve your maths skills – just so long as you find a way to stay motivated.
Teachers can learn a great deal from their pupils’ mistakes in maths. From www.shutterstock.com

When there’s meaning in mathematical mistakes

What if instead of dismissing wrong answers as a sign of failure, maths teachers tried to understand how their pupils came to that answer and then guided them in the right direction?
Children struggle to develop the basic “building blocks” of maths if they’re just copying down everything the teacher tells them without understanding it. From www.shutterstock.com

After school learning makes kids masters of their own maths destiny

When rote learning and parroted answers replace real engagement with the material, children are bound to battle with maths. After-school homework clubs offer a different way of thinking.

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