A Book makes maths easy

Shaleen Wohrnitz who conducted the maths workshops for learners at Sekgutlong Primary School on September 6. She is teaching Grade Five learners about the importance of maths.

The maths workshops were organised for Grade Five learners and teachers.

More than 126 copies of the maths dictionary – My Maths Buddy – were given to learners.

Mphonyana Mohono who teaches maths said learners struggle to understand maths terms.

“According to my own observation misunderstanding maths concepts is the reason learners are struggling with maths. I am certain that the book will be a solution since it explains all the difficult terms,” she said.

She said the book will make the teaching of maths fun again.

Olga Maja the school principal, said they are very grateful for the support offered by My Maths Buddy.

“It is not the first time they are giving the school support. They have been with the school for a couple of years and we can see our school maths results improving. The book really is a solution to the learners’ problems. There is a learner who was doing Grade 12 last year. She got distinctions in all her subjects – including maths. Thanks to My Maths Buddy,” said Maja.

Lerato Thwala (11), a Grade Five learner, had this to say about maths after the workshop.

“I had problems with understanding maths questions and terms. As a result I lost interest in maths. I hated it with all my heart because I thought it is a difficult subject. After this workshop I realised that maths is not that difficult at all. From now on I will excel in maths,” said an enthusiastic Thwala.

Another Grade Five pupil Asiphe Mbala, who wants to be a pilot, said she had problems understanding maths symbols.

“I was struggling so with maths that I was going to quit maths when I reached Grade 10. As result I was going to shut down my dream of becoming a pilot. After today’s workshop, I realised that maths is not a problem at all. It was just misunderstanding maths symbols which My Maths Buddy has explained. I am happy that my dream of becoming a pilot is not going to die after all because I am going to continue with maths in Grade 10,” said Mbala.

Shaleen Wohrnitz who conducted the workshops, said everyone is good at maths.

“No one is bad at maths. You just need a little bit of help. My Maths Buddy is that kind of help,” said Wohrnitz.

She said it is important for learners to learn maths as most jobs require it.

During the teacher’s workshop, teachers said the My Maths Buddy is a solution for them.

Learners were advised to take care of the book as it would help them until Grade 12.

After the workshop learners who attended the workshop were awarded with certificates of attendance.

Aaron Damane

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