South Africa performed poorly in the quality of the education in terms of maths and science, ranking 138th out of 140 countries this is according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s latest Global Competitiveness report.
The findings in the report are taken from opinion based research from various industry leaders.
The Department of Basic Education has previously criticised the WEF’s Global Competitiveness report, saying that it is not a credible or accurate reflection of the state of education in the country.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Prof. Mellony Graven, South African Numeracy Chair at Rhodes University
The validity of the assessment can be evaluated by knowing how many people were sampled.— Prof. Mellony Graven, South African Numeracy Chair at Rhodes University
She says the previous year’s Annual National Assessments was at 11 percent with Maths and science which in a way gives similar results to those of WEF’s
I don’t think it matters whether we are 138 0r 125, what we need to be doing is to ask how are we going to fix this problem— Prof. Mellony Graven, South African Numeracy Chair at Rhodes University