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SMATE UNIT (Science, Mathematics &Technology Education)

During 2008 the key-teacher programme was run for grade 10 physical science teachers in five schools in the Missionvale area and surrounds. The teachers attend a bi-weekly 3 hour workshops, reporting each subsequent session on their successes and challenges. One of the participating schools did not have a science teacher for the year and the principal, who has a science background, attended the sessions and taught the Grade 10 classes at his school.

In 2009 the project split into three focus areas:

  1. Grade 11 Science Key Teacher programme
  2. Grade 11 Mathematics Key Teacher programme
  3. Grade 7 Mathematics Key Teacher programme

Grade 11 Science Key Teacher programme

The main purpose of the science Key Teacher Programme is to support Grade 11 teachers in schools in the Port Elizabeth district in the teaching and learning of physical science by focusing on areas of the curriculum (NCS) perceived as difficult by the teachers.

Grade 11 Mathematics Key Teacher programme

This is a new project that began in February 2009 after the Department of Education (DoE) approached the CERTI (NMMU Education Faculty) to assist them by providing Maths workshops for Grade 11 Maths and Maths Literacy educators. The teachers meet every second week for two to three hours and engage on the relevant topic(s) as prescribed.        

Grade 7 Mathematics Key Teacher Programme

This project will commence in the second term. The target group is the Grade 7 Mathematics Teachers. The aim is to assist these educators by providing guidance and help in the area of Mathematics. The following schools have been targeted to be a part of this exciting new project

Contact information
Dr Raj Kurup
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 504 4024
raj.kurup@mandela.ac.za