South Africa has a low performing, high-cost schooling system.
The system has resulted in learners falling behind peers in other countries in mathematics and science during the primary school phase.
Primary school graduates are frequently ill-prepared for the demands of secondary school, college and the economy.
This subsequently contributes to national problems of high unemployment, frustrated youth and a low performing economy.
Montrose undertook a systematic gaps and opportunities analysis to gain a full understanding of maths and science teaching and learning outcomes.
We carried out desk-based reviews of past initiatives and national results as well as field work which included interviews with education officials, head teachers and teachers, students, education NGOs and CSOs.
Our aim was to understand:
The root causes of low levels of take-up and poor performance across maths and science among South African school students.
What schools can do to improve take-up and performance in maths and science, including capacity building of the teachers.
The capacity of local and national organisations involved in the promotion of maths and science education in schools and how they can be supported.
Montrose supported low-performing educational institutions with a focus on primary and high school students within our client’s area of operation.
We designed a strategy and programme that addressed shortcomings in maths and science teaching to advance educational achievement and increase future and economic prospects for young people.