Pandor urges pupils: ‘Go for maths and science’

2014-10-11 15:11

Passing Grade 12 mathematics and physical science offers an opportunity to contribute to South Africa’s space scientific and technological development, says Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor.

“I encourage you all to choose mathematics and physical science, but not all of you will become space scientists or engineers,” she said today at the launch of the world space week at the Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha campus.

“You must always remember that these are demanding careers, which require a high level of perseverance and precision.

“It is for this reason that one of my department’s responsibilities is to discover pupils with talent and potential for space science, engineering and technology careers.”

She said the space week at the university campus was to offer pupils exposure to the university environment.

“Even though it is for a very short time, I believe that it could be enough to stimulate your interest to come and study here.

“On the one hand, if you are still in Grade 8 or 9, the interaction you had today with the laboratory facilities and staff on this campus may be enough to make you think twice about skipping mathematics and science when you enter grade 10 in a year or two from now.”

She said those already in Grades 10 to 12, who have already chosen mathematics and science, have been encouraged to study hard to excel in their Grade 12 examinations.

“That is the only way to pursue your ambition to become a scientist.”

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