Report indicates that hundreds of SA schools are dropping maths

Report indicates that hundreds of SA schools are dropping maths

- A report claims that more than 300 local schools will be dropping maths as a subject choice

- Students can still learn maths literacy in these schools

- This comes after it was said the matric pass rate was over 80% - a claim disputed by the DA

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Many people hate maths and feel it is completely unnecessary, but it has its place. The subject is very important for learners who will go on to study science-related and engineering subjects etc.

However, a recent report indicates that more than 300 schools will be dropping maths as a subject.

According to the Solidarity-affiliated Union for Afrikaans Maths Teachers, this is because learners rather go for the easier option, maths literacy.

BusinessTech reported that majority of the schools that are dropping the subject are located in poorer communities in Mzansi.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that teachers who spoke to Rapport do not think this is a good idea. They feel the move will limit students' prospects.

Universities, for the most part, do not count maths literacy when looking at aspiring students' marks. Many bursaries and scholarships do not recognize the subject either.

This comes after 9 Limpopo schools reported a staggering 0% matric pass rate for 2019.

Recently, the Department of Basic Education announced that the matric pass rate has risen to 81.3%, the highest in history. That doesn't mean success is achieved all over the country.

The schools that reported a 0% pass rate are small schools, which according to the Limpopo Education spokesperson Sam Makondo are not viable. Makondo suggests that small schools should be merged together to give them better opportunities.

However, the DA claims the true pass rate for last year is closer to 38.9%, far lower than the 81.3% Minister Motshekga announced.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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