SA ranks last in maths and science

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its Global Information Technology Report 2015, which ranked South Africa last in the quality of mathematics and science education.

South Africa also finished close to last – 139 out of 143 countries – … Read the rest

The alchemism of modern physics

In his international bestseller, A brief history of time, the most famous physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, stated that the last/final matryoshka doll in the field of Physics has been unpacked – Planck’s Constant. With this accomplished, he … Read the rest

South Africa needs maths and science pupils: Zuma

ArrayThe government’s biggest challenge is to make maths and science exciting and popular for school pupils, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

“Science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information, which will contribute to an … Read the rest

‘Science will solve apartheid problems’

Problems inherited from the apartheid era can be solved through research, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said – without irony – on Saturday, as South Africa struggles with ever worsening maths en science results since 1994.

South Africa has hit rock … Read the rest

SA science website outdated since 2008 despite R16 million grant

saastaDespite a R16-million grant, most information on the SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement’s website has not been updated in years.

A member of the public visiting the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement’s (Saasta’s) website for … Read the rest

Second last in the world, SA’s maths and science

South Africa’s maths and science education has been ranked second last in the world, ahead of Yemen, according to a World Economic Forum report.

The quality of the country’s general education system ranked 140 out of 144 countries, while internet … Read the rest

Maths and science ‘too hard’

The steady decline over the past five years in the number of matric pupils studying science has education experts worried.

The number of pupils studying science fell from 229934 in 2008 to 182083 this year.

Though there has been a … Read the rest

Astronomy installation in South Africa ‘changes character of Africa’ – Pandor

South Africa as the major location for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope changes the character of Africa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said on Friday.

“Who comes to Africa to actually do their best research? People come … Read the rest