Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DA concerned about the drop in learners who take mathematics

Mbasa Gqokoma
26 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance says it is concerned to find the number of learners taking mathematics as a subject at high school is decreasing yearly.

DA MP of Basic Education Annette Lovemore said this should be the cause for serious concern.

The Western Cape Department of Education is also focusing on encouraging learners to take mathematics and science, which are both gateway subjects for the economic development of the province and South Africa.

Lovemore said we are also very concerned that the pass rate is extremely low with only 12% of learners last year achieving above 50% in mathematics.

Lovemore said, something needs to be done immediately with great urgency. This mathematics is a passport for learners to a job and is certainly a passport to a more vibrant economy for our country.

She said “this is something the Minister should declare immediately her top priority and take appropriate action to address this”.

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