Dropping compulsory maths for accounting pupils wrong answer, says lecturer

The Department of Education wants to remove mathematics as a compulsory subject for pupils studying accounting until matric.

The department gazetted the proposed change to the Schools Act for public comment last week Friday.

Maths lecturer Dr Jacques du Plessis says pure maths at school is needed to set the foundation for aspiring accountants, and cannot be started in matric.

He advises that picking up pure maths in matric is not enough for pupils who wish to study accounting at university.

Du Plessis says maths helps develop an understanding of the arithmetic process, reasoning and algebraic skills that form the basis of a pupils learning.

If you want to be an expert in accountancy you definitely have to have some form of pure mathematics at school.

Dr Jacques du Plessis, Lecturer, Division of Mathematics Education, Wits University

According to du Plessis, the proposal places a greater burden on universities to fix the problem of poor teaching.

The combination of having mathematical understanding and doing accountancy can definitely benefit one another.

Dr Jacques du Plessis, Lecturer, Division of Mathematics Education, Wits University

He says teachers need to be re-skilled and trained in order to help improve maths education in schools.

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