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SA maths, science ‘worst in the world’

A new report has revealed that SA's maths and science education ranks last out of 148 countries.

Grade one learners on their first day of school at General Alberts Primary School in New Redruth, Alberton, Wednesday, 9 January 2013. Schools opened their doors for learners - for many for the first time with 200 000 new grade ones entering the system in Gauteng alone. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.
Troy Martens,Education Department,SA lacks in maths and science
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JOHANNESBURG - A new report has revealed the quality of South Africa's mathematics and science education is ranked last out of 148 countries.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Information Technology Report, South Africa lags behind countries including Zimbabwe, Haiti, Lesotho and Nigeria. 

Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Basic Education Annette Lovemore says the findings call for serious intervention.

“It is deeply disturbing. Not only are we failing hundreds of thousands of learners in our schools but we are certainly failing our economy that needs the skills that maths and science produce.”

At the same time, the Department of Basic Education has hit back saying that the findings are not a credible or accurate reflection of the state of education in South Africa.

Spokesperson Troy Martens says the department rejects the report’s findings.

“These perceptions are purely based on the perceptions of selected individuals.”

(Edited by Gadeeja Abbas)

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