Maths, science must improve - MEC

2012-01-18 21:49

Johannesburg - Performance in mathematics and physical science must improve to generate the workforce needed to develop the country and address socio-economic problems, Gauteng's finance MEC said on Wednesday.

"Our country needs engineers, doctors, scientists and economists. These subjects could assist you to study towards becoming one of these professionals," Mandla Nkomfe said in a statement.

He was speaking to pupils at the Dan Kutumela Secondary School in Zithobeni, Bronkhorstspruit, where he handed out uniforms to children from poor families.

"As the province we are here to help you... Whenever you need help, cry out via your teachers and principals.

"Good luck and have a good year."

  • George - 2012-01-18 22:02

    "These subjects could assist you to study towards becoming one of these professionals," But if you fail you can become an MP or MEC

      Spyker - 2012-01-18 23:04

      What the MEC meant to say was: "you only get three types of ANC supporters, those who can do maths and those who cannot"...

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-19 07:14

      Set the standard at foundation level, how many of you remember chanting bonds and tables until you had memorised them and could say them in your sleep? You cannot learn something if your teacher cannot teach it. Sadly the quality of teaching today needs to be changed along with the mindset of some of the teachers. Teaching is no longer a profession or calling, it is now a job. A job where no matter how poor your performance you will be paid, no matter how many union meetings and cell meetings you attend DURING school time you will be paid. The only ones that really suffer are the children and it shows through poor performance

  • Edmund - 2012-01-18 23:35

    Oh P-lease !! Did you read the letter from the Dean of the Free State University in Die Burger?? He says "the level" of students allowed into university is absolutely shocking! People are getting "distinctions" when they get more than 50% in matric! The quality of students going to varsity - is simply shocking! They can't add two and two together! This country is going ONE way!! And it's not forward!! STOP pushing students into varsity - we have enough fools in this country!!

  • Andrew - 2012-01-19 07:08

    We also need MEC's with integrity to run our finances as it seems non payment is the order of the day, Hospitals owe monies of over R4m as well as court orders to pay damages caused by negligence. Not to mention the Ferreira promise made by the Premier. Little math is needed to understand these problems.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-19 07:25

    We all know this is true. What we also know is that outdated and ideologically retarded policies of the ANC is the reason why this is not happening.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-19 08:10

    Qualified teachers = qualified results.

  • Nastassja - 2012-01-19 08:16

    It's a good idea to encourage the students to become one of those professionals, however for scientist there isn't much work in South Africa. It's difficult enough to get bursaries to further your studies within your chosen scientific field. Maybe if the country would invest in the scientists we have already the ones we have might stay! If there is a reason to study science more people would do it.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-19 09:16

    think instead of maths and science improving rather look at the % needed to pass, like our government operating at 30%.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-19 11:15

    Maths, Science, IQ, Voting, Stealing, Taxi Driving, ANC, Health Care, Corruption, must improve.

  • leijn.tissink - 2012-01-19 14:45

    ... and what conrete action plans do the MEC have to improve the quality of maths and science ???

  • Charles.Kope.Matlou - 2012-01-24 08:53

    ANC does not want educated blacks. Their version of Bantu Education is cruel compared to Apaardheit one. Billy

  • Zebelon - 2012-01-24 23:28

    The ANC government, unfortunately, has no direction, be it in planning or acquiring the needed relevant manpower.

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