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Manuel promotes maths and science

Trevor Manuel reiterated the importance of excelling at maths and science.

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel on Thursday reiterated the importance of pupils choosing and excelling in maths and science if the country hopes to have a wealth of scientists and engineers in the future.

Manuel made these remarks at the 10th anniversary of non-government-organisation (NGO) IkamvaYouth on Thursday night.

The youth upliftment programme provides tutoring and career advice to grade 10 to 12 pupils in disadvantaged communities.

The Minister in the Presidency commended the NGO for answering government's calls for youth upliftment.

Manuel often advocates the importance of education, especially amongst the poor.

He called on teachers and education officials to ensure that life is not a lottery for poor pupils.

"We must ensure that it's not a lottery where, if you end up with a good teacher, you pass, and if you end up with a disinterested teacher, your life is ruined."

He also called on corporate South Africa to invest in initiatives such as IkamvaYouth.