Shortage of Maths and science teachers: DA wants action

Jacques Smalle MPL

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The DA will be writing to the Chairperson of education portfolio committee to call an urgent meeting to discuss the current bulge of mathematics and science teachers in the province.

According to a parliamentary reply to the DA, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga , confirmed that only 33,060 learners have registered to study mathematics while 41.121 have registered to do mathematics literacy across the province this year. Furthermore, 86 schools are not offering mathematics in grade 12 , 55 in grade 11 and 61 in grade 10 respectively in Limpopo. She alleges that learners are not interested in registering for the subject due to the escalating shortage of maths and science teachers in their respective schools.

To make matters worse, the department has opted not to renew all the temporary teachers contracts and issued out a circular to all the schools to sack them.

More than 1000 temporary teachers are now idle and from this number, half of them were teaching maths and science in grade 10 to 12.

This is proof  that the department is not serious about putting measures in place to attract more learners to do maths and science. The department’s failure will worsen the perception that South Africa’s quality of maths and science is one of the poorest in the world.

In our letter to the Chairperson, the DA will be requesting the prioritisation of this issue and further summon MEC for Education, Ms Thembisile Nwedamutswu, to provide a comprehensive report and resolutions on how she is planning to resolve the issue.