Maths Academy for Mpumalanga

2012-05-26 19:00

Johannesburg - A Maths and Science Academy would greatly benefit Mpumalanga learners, Premier David Mabuza said on Saturday.

Such an academy would entice learners in the fields of maths and science, Mabuza said in a statement.

"We should not complain about the few number of science and maths students produced by the schools, but we should invest in their education in order to get more and good talent."

He said it was unfortunate that the learners, especially in the public schools, were not given the necessary resources to equip themselves in order to perform.

"Our schools are not equipped with the laboratories - at least the learners would have an advantage to see its equipment at the Academy before going to college," said Mabuza.

He said schools' performances in maths and science was declining because of challenges they face such as the lack of teachers in these fields, lack of textbooks and lack of excitement and interest from children.

He challenged companies including Eskom and other government stakeholders such as Sasol to be roped in and to investigate the implementation of a successful Academy.

More than 28 000 people in Mpumalanga benefited from Eskom in the previous financial year through its socio-economic development initiatives across the province.

  • Irene - 2012-05-26 19:04

    LOL! Learn to walk before you try flying.

      Eye's Que - 2012-05-26 20:36

      Ja, what about Technicons first for the masses of 'matriculants' (joke) who haven't a hope in Hades of getting into a Maths/Science Academy? Why not occupy and train the masses, the unemployed with no skills, no hope and no initiative to at least get up off their bums, learn a skill whether it be sewing, carpentry, plumbing, electrics, upholstry, domestic cookery, damn it, a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g, to encourage private enterprise, hope and self worth!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-27 11:21

      Mpumalanga, that powerhouse of enlightenment. The only math they know is 1 for you and 3 for me.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-26 19:31

    Just get the schools to do their work and forget the expensive plans.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-26 19:51

    Don't believe the promises.Anc promises before the election.Bribing corrupt be fore the elections.

  • KholoFaith Monareng Ka Duma - 2012-05-26 20:05

    It is a great initiative,yet I believe teachers should also be encouraged to motivate the students to choose Maths&Science as a subject of choice.There are too many learners who have had to settle for subjects other that M&Sc just because there'd be one teacher for it&if that teachers is sick or leaves the schools,then learning would be compromised

      Koos - 2012-05-27 08:16

      In the end we can only blame sadtu and the anc for the state of education.

      George - 2012-05-27 10:23

      Where there is a will there is a way. Every individual black who fails has failed because of a lack of effort and is responsible for their own failure. There are enough examples throughout history to show that when a person is willing he will find a way. Hellen Keller is an example. Oscar Pistorius. Thousands more. Evidently they lack the "right stuff" to succeed in a competitive western technology based civilization. South Africa only continues to exist in its present form because the abused and discriminated minority subject to genocide still provides enough in tax revenue and business leadership. Not for long I fear. Then they will reach their true equilibrium, a tribal, subsistence based economy, trading in cattle, counting on fingers and toes. Sadtu should be able to handle that. Now watch the comments from the wannabes.

      Kenengek - 2012-05-27 10:39

      George even people who buy bread pay tax in the form of VAT. Just for information from a wannebe. 50 million people and the majority is black. Anything bought contributes to tax base. Careful with some of your assumptions

      daan.deysel - 2012-05-27 11:43

      at the same time increase the standards,increase pass rate to at least 80%

  • ernest.gouws - 2012-05-26 20:15

    Lack of everything but leadership was not mentioned.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-26 21:07

      How can they build an academy if they have not even teachers to teach then kids properly at school. They also call on companies to participate? Hmm, I see a few million dissappearing in a pocket. Tomorrow he will claims that it is his academy, so all funds needs to be channeled through him. First go ask govament what happened to the millions that was set aside beore come and beg the privte sector to invest in your AA education!

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-26 21:01

    I also wanna come, what is the entry requirement? 15% in mathematics literacy!!!!!!!

  • Cecil - 2012-05-26 21:08

    Nothing stands a chance with white our breatheren, your superiority is astounding. . It is a good concept and obviously designed for the more senior student. My opinion is that there should be more of these.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-05-26 21:24

    I have the key to it ALL being done for next to nothing, but they NEED High Speed ADSL line there first: NO NEED to re-invent the wheel....

      George - 2012-05-27 10:26

      You make the entirely false (but understandable) assumption that THEY WANT TO LEARN. THEY ACTUALLY DON'T WANT TO LEARN. They want to make beer,drink under a tree, have babies and "earn" the dole, so they can vote for daddy, the pres.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 09:11

      Get a life @George - I am DOING just this already - what are YOU doing?

  • Johann - 2012-05-26 22:02

    The issue in South Africa is not race, but ideology. The ANC (African National Congress - with emphasis on African and supposedly with Ubuntu as a core principle) should seriously consider whether the SACP and Cosatu should remain in the alliance. This is Africa after all - not the USSR or China (or Cuba for that matter).

      Koos - 2012-05-27 08:23

      I was there when we fought the Cubans. Had some interessting debate with them in the last days. They did not care 1 aiota about you or your friends. They came to Angola to escape from their first world country. We became good friends. He(major) told me the one day, here we might die but at least we will die with a stomach full and a smile on our faces, unlike the people back home. It puts it in a new perspective if you get to meet and talk to them.

      Glenda - 2012-05-27 10:36

      @Craig is that you again spewing your derogatory comments?

  • George - 2012-05-27 10:10

    What do you want an academy for if you can't (or are not willing) to learn how to add 1 and 1 to make 3, oops solly 2. Typical planning by cANCer apparatchics living off taxpayer money and donor funds from the whacko western counties still willing to give it.

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-05-27 11:56

    some of us did our maths and sciences under a tree and passed with flying colours, apartheid failed dismally to keep us uneducated. this pessimist racists will always talk nonsense. premier go out there and build that academy, we are here to pass on the knowledge and skills we have since aquired to enrich the youth.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 09:13

      Good attitude @Senzo - we NEED that Academy - many folk just doubt, based on current facts, that the ANC can really deliver.

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