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Wits Maths Connect Primary


Wits has been awarded the SA Numeracy Chair as part of the Wits Maths Connect Primary project. The first incumbent is Professor Hamsa Venkat.

This project, launched in 2011, is a research and development project funded jointly by the FirstRand Foundation, Anglo American, Rand Merchant Bank and the Department of Science and Technology. It is administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF).  Find an overview of the various aspects included in the project here. 

Prof Ulla Runesson

Indicators of quality in pre-service primary education

Mon 3 Dec 1 - 2.30pm, Room M4, Wits School of Education
RSVP:   011 7173412


In this presentation Professor Ulla Runesson reports on experiences from a national evaluation project of pre-service primary teacher education programs in 16 universities in Sweden. The presentation will revolve around issues like: What indicators can be used for assessing a teacher education progam? What insights about the quality, validity and improvement of the program is it possible to get? In what ways and on what level can external asessments/audits contribute to the improvement of the quality of the program?

Professor Nicky Roberts from the University of Johannesburg and co-ordinator of the DHET PrimTed study, focused on understanding and supporting the development of language and mathematics pre-service primary teacher education in South Africa, will offer a response to Ulla Runesson's evidence from a South African perspective.

The 2018 I hate maths event

On 17 Oct, Distinguished Professor Mike Askew entertained us with a wonderful presentation entitled



You can download Mike's presentation: Ihatemaths2018ppt

Mike also challenged us with a puzzle:

There are 3 red frogs and 3 green frogs. Frogs can only move in two ways: They can slide into an empty box that is next to them or they can jump over ONE frog of the OTHER colour. 

Can you swap the frogs over so the green frogs end up on the left and the red ones on the right? What is the minimum number of moves it takes to do this? What would happen if you had 4 frogs of each colour? Or 5? 

You can download the puzzle here: FrogPuzzlepdf 

You can have a look at the presentation, cards and games we enjoyed at the 2017 event on the I hate maths page

Wits Maths Circles Magazine

On Wed 3 May 2017 we launched the Wits Maths Circles Magazine. This magazine contains a compilation of articles about primary mathematics teaching written by Lynn Bowie and Hamsa Venkat for The Teacher Newspaper over the last few years. It also contains some wonderful problems and puzzles to try. 


You can download a copy of the magazine here: Wits Maths Circles Magazine