Maths worry

2008-08-12 00:00

MANY occupations are founded on the basis of competence in mathematics — which makes recent dismal statistics all the more alarming. For instance, South Africa is ranked only 120th for mathematics and science education, way behind Zimbabwe at 71. Less than five percent of matriculants pass maths on higher grade and only 21% on standard grade. Unsurprisingly, there is a dire shortage of trained and qualified maths teachers.

Under such circumstances, enforcing compulsory maths or mathematical literacy in the new FET curriculum, while praiseworthy in intent, is surely misguided.

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