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Mathematics & Science Education Project (MSEP)

The Mathematics and Sciences Education Project (MSEP), funded by the Dutch Royal Embassy, was a joint collaboration between the Schools Development Unit at UCT and the Western Cape Education Department. The team worked in five high schools in the Western Cape between 2009-2012. A major aim of the project was to improve the teaching of mathematics and the sciences in these schools so as to increase the number of their students eligible to entry institutions of higher learning. In order to achieve this, the project team focused on improving teachers’ content and pedagogic skills through various strategies, including providing scholarships for further study, offering professional development through UCT certified short courses and on-site, classroom-based support.


  • 238 learners from the five schools gained entry into the five institutions of higher learning between 2010-2013
  • 731 classroom observations were conducted in the five schools between 2010-2012
  • 1414 school-based engagements were conducted between 2009- 2012
  • Over 25 academic papers and conference presentations were written and delivered
  • 11 teachers improved their formal qualifications between 2010-2012

While MSEP focused on mathematics and sciences, it also included interventions in the areas of English (First Additional Language -FAL), ICT integration, Life Skills and school management.

Project Leaders:  Associate Professor Rudiger Laugksch and Dr Jonathan Clark

Team members: Dr Jacqui Dornbrack (Senior Research Officer); Mr Roger MacKay (Mathematics); Ms Gillian Kay (Physical & Natural Sciences); Mr Andrew Petersen (Life & Natural Sciences); Ms Nalini Parsotam & Ms Marlene Esau (English First Additional Language); Mr Kevin Sherman (ICT); Ms Ferial Parker (Life Skills); Ms Janis Wylie (School Management).

Funder: Dutch Royal Embassy