A lack of maths and science education directly affects the quality of life of young people trying to lift themselves out of poverty.
Don’t dismiss criticism of ‘maths myths’ – the ability to learn trumps good exam results.
South African matrics are passing at a higher rate. But this good news does not translate for the level of maths and science teaching and learning.
The Annual National Assessment results show that grade nine pupils scored on average a shocking 13% in maths.
Do not expect children to be able to do next year what they can do today if they don't get a chance to practice what they learn.