Thursday, 1 November 2012

South Africa's Maths and Science Education Ranked LOWEST in the World - and it shows

Statistics South Africa Front Cover Census 2011 


Census cover doesn't add up...

Cape Town - The front cover of one of Statistics South Africa’s census documents shows a teacher at work, with 21 ÷ 7 = 6 written on a black board behind her.

The picture has been widely spread on Facebook, with several users commenting on it - asking whether it was a reflection of other census data and what it said about education in SA, reported Die Burger.

Census communications manager Trevor Oosterwyk said people had the wrong end of the stick.

“If you look closely you will see a line drawn over the 6,” he said on Thursday afternoon.

“The only conclusion that I can come to, is that the teacher is busy explaining the methodology of the sum [and showed out 6 as the wrong answer].”

Elsewhere on the board the sum is done correctly with 3 as the answer.

He said the sharing of the photograph was perhaps not such a bad thing as it gave people more to say about the census and promoted their products.

South Africa's Maths and Science Education Ranked LOWEST in the World - and it shows

The report ranked South Africa 54th when it came to gross tertiary enrolment -- behind India, but ahead of Morocco, Ghana, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya, and Tanzania.

The country placed 28th overall, and was the top-ranked sub-Saharan African country.

The forum's annual financial development report, which links human capital to economic development, was released on Monday. Together with taxes, infrastructure, and the costs of doing business, human capital contributes to a supportive business environment.

South Africa's non-banking financial services, such as mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPO), insurance and securitisation, were ranked 22nd, and financial stability 17th -- a "slight improvement".

"These changes were driven by greater currency stabilisation (28th) and more robust IPO (26th) and securitisation activity (44th)," according to the report.

South Africa's business environment (42nd) was the country's weakest area.

Despite an efficient tax regime (16th), there was a "very weak" human capital pool (52nd) and underdeveloped infrastructure (51st).

However, there was a comparatively strong institutional environment (25th), resulting from good corporate governance mechanisms (11th) and an ability to effectively enforce contracts (19th).

In terms of financial access (36th), South Africa offered varied results, according to the report.

"On the one hand, commercial access scores (16th) are solid and improving, while retail access (41st) is relatively weak and declining."

1 comment:

  1. My mother retires at the end of the year after serving the educational system her whole life, she is one of the last breed of teachers that actually cared about education and the upliftment of children. Most of the teachers and educational "bosses" left treats this system as a means to get more power and more wealth, corruption is rife, sexual misconduct is rife (teachers having sex with their learners) racism is rife with no end in sight. The educational system in this cursed land is fully broken now. Congrats racist ANC scum, you destroyed another world class system in less than 20 years.