Maths pass rate not lowered to 20%: Basic Education

The Department of Basic Education urged the public to be wary of what it deems “fake news” suggesting it reduced the pass mark for Mathematics to 20%. “This could not be further from the truth,” spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said. “It is mischievous of some people to take old information and[…]

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Almost zero progress in maths results : Umalusi

There has been almost no progress in learner performance in mathematics in recent years, said Umalusi chairperson Professor John Volmink on Thursday. He also said the performance in mathematical literacy – considered the “soft option” – was almost as “critically low” as in mathematics. Volmink added that, while there were[…]

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SA almost dead last in maths and science education

South Africa is almost dead last among 140 countries in terms of its maths and science education, according to this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness report. Last year’s report also put the country last out of 148 countries. The report for 2015/16 painted a dismal picture, with South[…]

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Maths left out in WCape matric exam timetable

An official matric exam timetable for Western Cape pupils mistakenly excludes certain scheduled exams, according to documents seen by News24. The timetable has already been distributed to matriculants across the province, but fails to include the scheduled exams of key subjects such as Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. The provincial education department[…]

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Maths, physics results worse: Umalusi

The 2014 matric results for mathematics, mathematics literacy and physical science were worse than in 2013, monitoring body Umalusi said on Tuesday. Mathematics had undergone major changes in content with the inclusion of Euclidean geometry and probability, Umalusi council chairman Prof John Volmink told reporters in Pretoria. He said the[…]

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