Maths And Science

Letters to the editor: February 17 to 23 2017

Readers write in about maths and science, and dignity and ubuntu.

​Pupils’ 20% pass reflects crisis in maths teaching

South Africans should be deeply worried about the state of maths teaching and learning.

​Drop in grade nine maths whizzes could affect SA’s future

The numbers are low so more needs to be done to support top performing maths pupils – even at private schools.

SA still bottom of the class in science and maths but there’s cause for some optimism

Drilled into learning by rote, grade nines still fare dismally, but better than they used to.

Africa needs more women hooked on science

The marginalisation of women in science occurs globally, but representation is particularly dire in Africa.

Improved maths and science results crucial to technology entrepreneurship

Poor pass rates and stifling government policies and regulations have been undermining efforts to boost local innovation in technology.

Maths at school adds up to success

A nonprofit organisation is going to the heart of South Africa's educational problem and getting good results.

Schools required to pick up slack with maths, science

The Department of Basic Education is putting measures in place to ensure schools stop dropping the two critical subjects.

Khaya Dlanga: Our education is designed to cripple

We are breeding a nation of angry underachievers, yet we come from a generation of overachievers. Citizens now need to step up to the education plate.

The myths of maths and education

There is scant evidence to back up the idea that success in maths will lead to economic progress.

Rural community gets computer lab

Two schools in rural KwaZulu-Natal received iPads and computers for more advanced math and science learning

Ask the right questions

South Africa must do more to overcome the challenges that teachers and learners face in maths and science education.


From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it