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The Capitec Foundation offers university teaching students an opportunity to sharpen and improve their mathematics teaching skills in preparation for a career as a high school maths teacher.

What is the Capitec Foundation Tutor Programme?

A Maths Tutor Programme for gr 10 and 11 learners, focusing on:

  • Self-confidence: Improving learners’ self-confidence and trust in ability to do maths
  • starting with simpler problems – moving on to more difficult problems
  • Getting learners unstuck – we do not teach for the answer but assist learners to find the principals and processes that will help them to solve the problem.
  • Guiding learners through making mistakes and grappling with their “stuckness” ensure that learning takes place.

How does this work?

  • Three maths hubs serving selected learners in the 30-65% category from nearby communities (Ottery, Stellenbosch and Khayelitsha)
  • Student tutors: Tutoring is done by 3rd/4th year B.Ed. and PGCE Maths students
  • Timelines: 3 hours, once a week during school terms
  • Extra: Including a 4-day winter holiday programme
  • CAPS: lessons follow the CAPS pace setters
  • No Revision: tutoring is focused on closing the maths misconceptions and gaps and not a quick fix before exams
  • Small groups: tutor groups of 6-8 learners per tutor


  • The ideal mentor should be an experienced maths educator and/or educational expert with management/mentoring/coaching experience and proven track record of innovative pedagogical thinking and success in education.
  • Mentors must be able to attend a compulsory training session of three days in Cape Town from Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 December 2019
  • Mentors must be available at least once a week between Tuesday to Thursdays from 15:00 – 18:00 and/or Saturdays from 10:00 – 13:00.
  • Mentors should have excellent and effective communication skills – both verbally and non- verbally.


  • Mentors must be committed to the tutor’s growth and development.
  • Mentors must be able to adhere to the tutor programme’s norms and culture.
  • Mentor should demonstrate honesty, integrity and respect for the responsibility of mentorship.
  • Mentors must be able to mentor through guidance, feedback, and occasionally, an insistence on a particular level of performance or appropriate direction.
  • Mentors must be aware of their personal emotions and be sensitive to the emotions and feelings of the tutor they are mentoring.
  • Although mentors are generally rated as highly successful in their career(s), we require mentors to be humble and show compassion with the tutors/students in this point and time of their careers, starting out as educators.
  • Mentors must be able to maintain a balance between communicating failures as well as successes, we like to refer to the concept of Two stars and One wish.
  • A Mentor must be open to spending time with diverse individuals, even though they may not share a common background, values, or goals.
  • Mentors must be open to new methods and must have understanding that there is more than one method to get to a given point.


Send an email with very short motivation and brief CV to the Programme Manager, Suma Jovner.

Selected applicants will be required to take an online assessment as part of the application process.

If you don’t hear from us within three weeks of your application, please consider your application unsuccessful.

tel: 021 843 3849
cell: 082 436 3195

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Mentor of maths tutors
R700 per 90min mentoring session + feedback
Stellenbosch and/or Ottery and/or Khayelitsha (Western Cape)
Job type:
Freelance, 10 months (Feb - Nov 2020)
VJC on behalf of the Capitec Foundation
Deadline for applications:
25 November 2019