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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces South Africa’s 2019 matric results and congratulates top achievers. Flickr/GCIS

Why South Africa’s declining maths performance is a worry

Performance in mathematics matters for university entrance. Without it, school leavers are not eligible for many programmes.
It seems safe to assume One Nation and Greens voters might have differing views on climate change. But can they change their minds in the face of new evidence? Mick Tsikas / AAP

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

We asked 252 Australian Greens party supporters and 252 One Nation party supporters to do some simple maths. Their answers changed when we told them it was climate change data.
If you thought multiplication tables at school were hard, imagine multiplying numbers with billions of digits. Shutterstock/Nina Buday

We’ve found a quicker way to multiply really big numbers

To multiply two numbers by hand take a few steps but it's something we're taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things.
Bees live in complex environments, and make lots of decisions every day that are crucial for survival. from www.shutterstock.com

Bees join an elite group of species that understands the concept of zero as a number

The Romans may not have had a symbol for zero, but bees understand what it means beyond just the simple assumption "there's nothing there".
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids? World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
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.

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