Maths or Maths Literacy?


Maths vs Maths Literacy - things to consider when choosing subjects

Mathematics is a subject which involves abstract reasoning and problem solving and many learners today struggle with Mathematics at school.   Mathematical Literacy introduced into the new curriculum in 2005, is designed to develop mathematical skills in everyday situations, such as reading a bank statement or setting up a budget.

For learners who are have completed core Mathematics there is a vast number of career opportunities available – with specific focus in the science, engineering, finance, actuarial and medical fields.  While a career in events, hospitality, arts & culture, education (excluding a Maths Teacher), only require Mathematical Literacy.

This article written by Dr Nico Govender, a member of SAMF's Advisory Committee for Mathematics (ACM) emphasis a real issue of the important decisions our youth must make: 

"Over the past few years there has been a steady stream of learners moving from mathematics to mathematical literacy, in the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).  This means that the pool of learners leaving Grade 12 with mathematics is diminishing, and this impacts on the number of learners available to study important fields such as Science and Engineering at South African universities."

Here are some of the career opportunities associated with mathematical related professions:

  • Actuary
  • Computer scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Economist
  • Engineers (aeronautical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mechatronic, robotics  etc.)
  • Mathematics professor
  • Medical practitioner
  • Research scientist
  • Statistician

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