A NUMBER of rural Eastern Cape schools have dropped mathematics and science from the curriculum, while others are still considering this drastic step because of a teacher shortage.
This will seriously compromise the prospects of hundreds of matriculants to gain access to a range of studies linked to careers in science, engineering, technology and commerce.
Fortunately, a lifeline for schools like these is at hand – and it is already making a marked difference in a growing number of rural areas.
Over the past seven years, a maths and science programme developed by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit (GMMDU) has evolved to the point where it is not only completely aligned with the Grade 11 and 12 syllabuses – and, from this year, the Grade 10 maths syllabus too – but also harnesses the latest technology, allowing flexible access to top-quality teaching and learning material for both pupils and teachers.
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