By Sonja Boshoff, MP, DA Member on Basic Education Portfolio Committee:
Mpumalanga Education MEC Reginah Mhaule must urgently account to the Provincial Legislature on the fact that only 43.7 percent of high schools in Mpumalanga are teaching maths.
These statistics were released in reply to a DA parliamentary question by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga. (Click here to view the reply)
Mpumalanga has the lowest proportion of secondary public schools offering maths in grades 10 to 12 meaning that thousands of Mpumalanga learners are being denied the opportunity to further their education.
I have asked the DA provincial spokesperson on Education Anthony Benadie MPL to write to the Chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee Thulare Madileng to request MEC Mhaule to give reasons as to why this is the case.
The DA will also submit parliamentary questions to the MEC asking her to list all the schools in the province that do not offer maths and how the department plans to remedy the situation.
South Africa is in serious need of learners to pursue careers in the field of maths and science, and denying such a large portion of learners the opportunity to study maths at school robs us of the chance to invest in their future.
A DA government would ensure that all learners are afforded the opportunity to study critical subjects so that they can build brighter futures for themselves and South Africa.