Revisiting addition and subtraction: Mathematics made simple

Catch them young: Arithmetic anxiety often causes learners to fear maths and perform poorly at it PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Catch them young: Arithmetic anxiety often causes learners to fear maths and perform poorly at it PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

This article is the first in a series of articles meant to make mathematics look simple for learners at all levels of education.

Botswana, like any other country, is facing its fair share of challenges around mathematics education based on poor results for many years, at all the crucial exit levels such as Standard 7, Form 3, Form 5, and Form 6 (Botswana Examinations Council) and even at University.

I have taught math in Botswana at the university level (Bachelor's and Master's degrees) since 2003 and I have concluded that there is a dire need to re-focus when it comes to math learning and teaching.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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