Census cover doesn't add up...

2012-11-02 08:24
The Census photo that has gone viral. (Ryan Katlego Wallace, Facebook)

The Census photo that has gone viral. (Ryan Katlego Wallace, Facebook)

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Cape Town - The front cover of one of Statistics South Africa’s census documents shows a teacher at work, with 21 ÷ 7 = 6 written on a black board behind her.

The picture has been widely spread on Facebook, with several users commenting on it - asking whether it was a reflection of other census data and what it said about education in SA, reported Die Burger.

Census communications manager Trevor Oosterwyk said people had the wrong end of the stick.

“If you look closely you will see a line drawn over the 6,” he said on Thursday afternoon.

“The only conclusion that I can come to, is that the teacher is busy explaining the methodology of the sum [and showed out 6 as the wrong answer].”

Elsewhere on the board the sum is done correctly with 3 as the answer.

He said the sharing of the photograph was perhaps not such a bad thing as it gave people more to say about the census and promoted their products.

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