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Minister in U-turn over Maths as pre-requisite for teaching

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HIGHER Education, Science and Technology deputy minister Dr Godfrey Gandawa yesterday said Mathematics is requirement for enrolment in teacher training institutions.

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He said the requirement had always been there since 2004 following research by the University of Zimbabwe on the revision of the curriculum.

“There was a high failure rate at Grade 7 as a result of teachers who did not have Mathematics. Mathematics is essential for student teachers as they need Statistics and Mathematics for curriculum depth study,” Gandawa said.

He said the Higher Education ministry was working with its sister Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to strengthen science at primary level so as to teach Natural Science with the view to introducing a Bachelor of Education in Primary Science.

“Mathematics is not difficult. If anything it is like any other subject. Nonetheless, my ministry is demystifying that phenomenon by offering bridging courses for Mathematics to prospective teachers. It must be noted that prospective teachers must pass the Mathematics course before commencing teacher training,” Gandawa said.

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