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Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre

The GMMDC has had many development success stories over the past few years. Some awards include:

National Gold Award from Impumelelo Social Innovations for the learner Incubator School Programme in 2013

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION … Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom (right) applauds after handing an Impumelelo gold award worth R40 000 to Prof Werner Olivier (second from right), head of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit and GMMDU’s Communications Manager, Margot Collett (second from left).


Prof Olivier received the NMMU Engagement Excellence Award in 2014



GMMDU received the NMMU Technology and Innovation Transfer Award in 2014 for the technical innovation that is linked to the TouchTutor® Educational Software Package for Mathematics. 



The Tablet assisted Incubator School Programme (ISP) implementation over the past years saw also produced great success.

The GMMDU management has recently conducted a review of the outcomes of their Maths and Science incubation programme for selected Grade 11 & Grade 12 learners with potential from more than 30 under-resourced secondary schools in the Nelson Mandela Metropolis. The quality of ISP matric passes as well as the subsequent success rate of Grade 12 ISP learners entering the University system were tracked over the period 2010 to 2016. 

The Graph below show salient trends linked to the quality of Grade 12 ISP passes, their access to NMU (and some other universities) and the subsequent success rate of ISP learners who are studying at the NMMU.


The 2016 Telkom Foundation Tablet projects for learners in the NMM produced a typical Mathematics improvement profile that are seen for GMMC projects of this type:


The qualitative impact of the 2016 Tablet & TouchTutor® assisted Maths and Science learner support programmes in six educational districts of the ECP have also showed a remarkable level of positive impact of appreciation and support for Self-Directed Learning of learners in from more than 60 under-resourced secondary schools. The word clouds shown below represent open responses from project learners as part of structured surveys that were conducted in the wake of project implementations.