By Daniel Itai, Pretoria, South Africa
Chairperson of the portfolio committee of Basic Education, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, has painted a bleak picture of the country’s prospective mathematicians.
The chairperson has since said that only 28 percent of all learners in the country enrol in mathematics.
“Only 28 percent of all our learners are interested in mathematics which is very worrisome especially considering the fact that we are now in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
We have discovered that most learners are afraid of mathematics which is as a result of not having teachers who can teach mathematics appropriately and also the lack of mathematics teachers.
Henceforth, we really need to change this by remunerating them more because if we have mathematics teachers who have the know how and passion for the subject it will be easier for learners to fall in love with the subject.
Moreover, the responsibility of luring learners into liking mathematics should not entirely fall on the shoulders of government or teachers but also parents and guardians. They should inform their child about the importance of mathematics.
Regardless, if the current situation doesn’t change within the next five years then we are definitely going to have a crisis,” said the Chairperson.