This article by Nick Taylor, from The South African Journal of Childhood Education, attempts to examine reasons for poor maths performance in South African schools, focusing specifically on teacher training in mathematics.
It examines three teacher training mechanisms for improving both learning and teaching, namely:
- Initial teacher education,
- Continuing professional development programmes, and
- the support and management of teachers.
It emphasise that, although continued development is essential for already trained teachers, initial teacher training at university level is where the main focus should lie when improving teacher capacity.
Article citation: Taylor, N. (2021). The dream of Sisyphus: Mathematics education in South Africa. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 11(1), 12 pages. doi:https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v11i1.911