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Cape Town – Less than half of the schools in Mpumalanga offer mathematics in Grades 10, 11 or 12, the Department of Basic Education has revealed.

The figure was contained in a written reply to the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister for basic education, Annette Lovemore.

The department has also admitted that about one in four South African schools do not offer the subject in the three highest grades.

In its response, the department cites a lack of qualified maths teachers as one of the reasons why the subject isn’t offered in some schools.

It also stated that many rural schools have too few pupils taking maths and have made arrangements with larger, urban schools for pupils to receive maths classes there.

'Limiting opportunities'

The province with the highest number of schools offering maths is the Western Cape at 91.1%.

“Being denied maths education is a denial of achieving one’s true potential in life, and severely limits our young people from seizing opportunities,” Lovemore said in a statement.

“Every one of the top skills listed in the 100 scarce skills list requires learners to have done mathematics.”

However, the department does state that it has a plan to introduce maths in the identified schools not currently offering the subject.

This includes working with NGO TEACHSA, which identifies and places graduates in schools where there is a need.

In May, it was reported that South African schoolchildren ranked second from the bottom in the world in maths and science, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

According to the OECD report, South Africa’s GDP would increase by 2 624% if education levels were increased over the lifetime of those pupils, Mybroadband reported.

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