Citizen Reporter
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12 Apr 2021
8:02 am

Solution to South Africa’s science stumbling

Citizen Reporter

It is sobering that just 18% of high schools in this country have proper science laboratories.

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  South Africa has struggled to live up to its post-apartheid potential in many areas – but in education our lack of competitiveness in the vital areas of science and mathematics – which are the drivers of success in the modern, innovation-driven world – is glaring. South Africa came 39th out of 39 countries in a 2016 assessment that focused on the science performance of Grade 9s. A significant reason for that is the under-resourcing of rural schools and, therefore, the inability of teachers to use practical teaching aids in conveying scientific concepts. It is sobering that just 18% of...