For science to have an impact there must be a genuine will to implement its advances. This requires promoting a greater understanding of science in broader society.
Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
Because being a good teacher is about more than just subject knowledge.
Science that students learn in context - rather than science as isolated knowledge items - can deliver both scientific literacy and positive learner interest.
With the current demands from industry for STEM graduates, how many are going to give up high paying jobs in industry for the short term sugar-hit of $15,000 and the stress of the classroom?
Lack of confidence, negative attitudes and low student participation rates are just a few of the challenges maths and science teachers face.