Allafrica.com reports that the eThekwini Municipality, in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, will host a Mathematics, Science and Technology Indaba in an effort to attract learners to these fields. The three-day indaba, to be held at JL Dube Stadium in Inanda, will focus on primary and secondary schools in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu (INK) area.
South Africa's shortage of skills in mathematics, science and technology severely affects both private and public sectors and hampers the economic growth of the country, said head of skills development in the municipality, Gugu Mji. Over several years, the municipality's Skills Development Unit, INK and the Department of Education partnered in support of maths, science and technical programmes for Grades 10 to 12, offering teacher curriculum support workshops and learner excellence programmes that have yielded positive results in the schools around the INK area, Mji said.
Mji added that with this indaba, the partnership was extending its support to Grades 5 - 9 as a short term intervention, with medium to long term plans to establish a Mathematics and Science Centre. According to Allafrica.com, the indaba comes ahead of the National Maths and Science Indaba to be held in June.
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