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The SA Maths Olympiad for Grades 8 to 12 learners are the biggest Olympiad in the country,    Read more....

SA Maths Challenge

The SA Maths Challenge for Grades 4 to 7 learners is a national competition consisting of two rounds.    Read more....
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SAMF is a non-profit company with Public Benefit Status. There are some distinct benefits with becoming involved in mathematics education in partnering with SAMF.   Read more....
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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is registered as a non profit organisation aiming to advance the mathematics development and education of South African children and young people through improved quality teaching and learning of mathematics as well as through public awareness activities. The company was founded in 2004 by the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) and the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS).

The SAMF serves as a national office for mathematics to promote the effective co-ordination, administration and advancement of mathematics in South Africa.

The SAMF identified four thrusts:

  • Learner Development 
  • Teacher Development 
  • Advocacy 
  • Research 

 

News
The state of training of high school Mathematics teachers is generally poor throughout the country. The South African Mathematics Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics (ACM) has initiated a study to determine the status of formal in-service training programmes for in-service mathematics educators in South African High Schools. The study targeted short courses on offer by current Higher Education institutions or NGO’s.
Who needs Mathematics? -Friday, August 05, 2016
Mathematics, as a science, plays a big role in addressing many problems such as global warming, over-population, starvation, traffic congestion, terrorism and war. In combating and addressing some of these problems, mathematics as the language of modern science generally, can play a big role.
Last leg of mathematics Olympiad under way -Wednesday, July 27, 2016
It’s all systems go for the 27th of July 2016 when primary and high school learners will be testing their mathematical ability as the final round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) and the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC) will be written at designated schools and centres across South Africa.
Latest from blog master: Prof Michael de Villiers
Who Needs Mathematics?

The world we are living in is faced with many problems some of which are pollution, global warming, over-population, starvation, traffic congestion, crime, corruption, terrorism and war. In combating and addressing some of these problems, mathematics as the language of modern science generally, can play a big role. The applications of mathematics pervade our society: from the listening to digital music to the prediction of weather; from estimating fish populations to analyzing the spread of an epidemic, from politics to the arts, from medicine to sport, from optimizing the running of a busines...

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A Critique of the School Mathematics Curriculum
Prof. Michael de Villiers
The mathematics curriculum at South African schools provides valuable skills in dealing with numbers and studying geometrical objects using graphs, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and so on. However, for various reasons, teaching and assessment are inclined to treat many fundamental ideas superficially, so much so that non-routine problems are largely downplayed.
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The Work of Teaching
The Work of Teaching

In this video 'The Work of Teaching' by Deborah Ball the challenges facing mathematics teacher are outlined. Not only do good mathematics teachers require solid content knowledge, but they also need a sound pedagogical understanding of the difficulties learners may experience as well as the positive intuitions they may bring to the classroom.

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