University and stakeholders aim for better maths and science in schools

February 6th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

 

The Acting Deputy Director-General: Curriculum Development, Mr Mathanzima Mweli, expressed his appreciation and emphasised his encouragement and support of the initiative.

The acting deputy director-general: curriculum development, Mathanzima Mweli, expressed his appreciation and emphasised his encouragement and support of the initiative.

The acute shortage of medical doctors, engineers, accountants, and maths and science teachers is hampering economic growth, job creation and the prosperity of every South African. Underlying the shortage of students who want to study scarce skills areas, is the shortage of matriculants who major in maths and science. Another problem is that candidates are not properly trained for the matriculation examination, and not sufficiently prepared to successfully complete their studies at university. The North-West University (NWU) is therefore cooperating with other stakeholders to explore new approaches to develop a purposeful mathematics and science pipeline for learners. The goal is to prepare learners to undertake university studies in professional scarce-skills areas. Following a memorandum of understanding between the NWU and the North West Department of Basic Education, a science, engineering, technology and health academy (SETH Academy) was established. The first school to be involved is Ferdinand Postma high school. The normal school curriculum is followed in the mornings, and then an afternoon programme is presented on the NWU campus. The afternoon programme focuses on project and problem-based learning, while the morning programme is enriched in various ways.

Contact  Johan van Zyl, NWU, Tel 018 299-2382, johan.vanzyl@nwu.ac.za

 

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