Mr Matthews Matome Makgamatha is a Research Manager in the Education and Livelihoods Working Group of the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) research division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Mr Makgamatha's main research focus is in the basic education sector and his research expertise straddles the following areas: educational assessment and testing (specifically language assessment and testing ? policy and practice); large-scale and classroom assessment and testing; evaluation studies; language policy and practice; and qualitative research methodologies.
Mr Makgamatha has Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Experimental Psychology) and a Master of Science in Psycholinguistics, all obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr Makgamatha joined the HSRC in 1998 as a junior researcher and has been working for the organisation since. He has participated in many education-focussed research projects at national, provincial and district level. The range of his projects include: monitoring the performance of the South African education system; regional monitoring of achievement of learning outcomes, development of assessment resources for teachers and learners, and monitoring and evaluation of school improvement interventions. Mr Makgamatha is the author/co-author three book chapters, one monograph, four journal articles and several client reports for national and provincial departments of education and the district education offices.