South Africa’s 4+1 plan to boost maths teachers

first_img25 March 2015The implementation of the 1+4 teacher development plan, aimed at boosting performance in the senior phase, will go ahead after teacher unions expressed support for the initiative, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said on Tuesday.The Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC), a body comprising all teacher unions, had agreed to the 1+4 programme for maths teachers, the department said.The 1+4 teacher development plan has been developed to address the poor performance of learners in mathematics as well as levels of competency of mathematics teachers in South African primary schools.A recent investigation initiated by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga into the challenges around mathematics and science and technology (MST) revealed that educator capacity was wanting at all levels.The DBE said the 1+4 model was based on and supported the concept of professional learning communities (PLCs), which Motshekga launched in August 2014.The 4+1 model works on the assumption that teachers need assistance with the entire curriculum and not just certain sections of the curriculum, which they presumably have difficulties teaching.“We need to be extremely radical and do the ‘out of the normal’ in our determination to save our children,” the department said.While training had already begun in Mpumalanga, North West and the Eastern Cape, the project gets officially under way on 1 April.The department said the model involved breaking each week into two parts, with one day dedicated to thoroughly preparing teachers for the content to be delivered in that particular week.AssessmentTeachers would be expected to obtain 80% and above in the post-test. Those who obtain less than that will be supported by subject advisors and classroom visits.“Heads of departments, deputy principals and principals in the schools will also have to play a critical role in supporting these teachers,” said the department.This model involves 23 teacher training days a year, up from the previous 10.“The training sessions that we have had up to now, which have yielded unsatisfactory results normally run for 10 days in a year. This radical approach will expose teachers to 30 days of training, development and support on a weekly basis. It turns teachers into learners, promoting the principle of a teacher as a lifelong learner,” the department said.The department said school management teams (SMTs) would have to adapt their timetables to support the model, ensuring the instruction time allocated for the senior phase is covered.SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

3 killed, 14 injured as bus hits truck in Maharashtra

first_imgThree people were killed and nearly 14 others injured when a bus hit a stationary truck on the Mumbai-Pune highway here in Maharashtra early in the morning of October 21, a police official said. The mishap took place in Kamshet area around 4 am when the private bus, carrying around 35 passengers, was on way to Kolhapur from Mumbai, he said. The bus driver apparently lost control over the wheels following which the vehicle hit a truck, which was parked on a roadside after it broke down, deputy superintendent of police, Lonavla division, Navneet Kanwat said.“Three people were killed in the mishap. Around 12 to 14 others were injured. They were rushed to a hospital in Talegaon where they were undergoing treatment,” he said.last_img

Hotshots get young import

first_imgANTIPOLO—Not wanting to take a chance and seeking a great start, Star dispatched its import after just one game and will parade someone fresh out of college when the Hotshots shoot for a second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Amateur Arevalo rules PGT Riviera Ladies tournament by one stroke MOST READ Michael Craig, the import who got into a trash-talking match with Chris Ross in one of the Finals games that almost led to a halftime brawl, finally makes his first appearance on the court for the Texters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hill started out at the point guard spot in his last season with Illinois and averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. But with his huge frame—he weighs over 230 pounds—Hill could find himself manning the post for Victolero.“I’ll be asking him to do that,” Victolero said over the phone after Hill’s fourth practice with the team on Thursday. “He has a lot of potential, he’s very young and he has an excellent attitude.”Victolero’s only concern is that Hill will be asked to spearhead a team for the first time in his life, unlike at Illinois where he wasn’t the team’s focal point.“I told him that he would have to adjust to his new role here,” said the Star coach, who bombed out in the Final Four in the first two tournaments.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, the losing finalist to San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup, makes its debut in the 4:15 p.m. contest when the Texters slug it out with winless KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Malcolm Hill, a 21-year-old out of Illinois, will play his first pro game when the Hotshots clash with Alaska in the 7 p.m. contest—where Star tries to keep in step with the early leaders while adding to the woes of the traditional power Aces.Alaska has been reeling since the last conference, losing a 10th straight game overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite Star winning its first game in this conference last week over Blackwater, 103-86, coach Chito Victolero pulled the plug on Cinmeon Bowers and quickly brought in Hill, who went undrafted in the last NBA proceedings despite a respectable collegiate career as a Fighting Illini.The 6-foot-6 Hill played 135 games for Illinois and scored over 1,800 points while grabbing 640 rebounds but still couldn’t catch the eye of NBA scouts. He was auditioning in the Summer League before deciding to play here. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more