Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shortage of good maths and science teachers a big problem

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 September 2011


A new study has found that a shortage of good teachers, particularly in maths and science, is at the root of South Africa's underperforming education system.

The Centre for Development and Enterprise found that South Africa's maths and science results were at or near the bottom of the world class at the moment.

It says maths and science are essential for skilled jobs and economic growth and development, and producing good teachers in these subjects is central to this.

Meanwhile, school principals, learners and parents have been invited to use AfriForum Youth’s website to report complaints regarding grade 12 examination papers.

The organisation has already submitted grievances to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and has agreed to bring every additional complaint to the Minister’s attention.

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