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Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy. Global Partnership for Education/Flickr

South Africa can’t compete globally without fixing its attitude to maths

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.
Old sky map depicting boreal and austral hemispheres with constellations and zodiac signs. Marzolino/Shutterstock

What would the ancient astrologers have told us about 2017?

Up until the seventeenth century, astrology was seen as a scholarly tradition, and it is credited as influencing the development of many modern day subjects.
Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading. from

PISA results don’t look good, but before we panic let’s look at what we can learn from the latest test

Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
A student revising class work in Kenya. The quality of maths teaching in schools can have a profound impact on learner interest. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Boredom, alienation and anxiety in the maths classroom? Here’s why

The quality of what pupils come to know, understand and are able to do has a big impact on students. Low quality leads to boredom as well as fear and anxiety about maths as a subject

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