South African learners getting better at maths and science, but still among worst in world
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on Tuesday released the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 results‚ which compares standardised maths and science test results of SA’s Grade 9 pupils with pupils in 36 countries.
Director-general of the Department of Basic Education Mathanzima Mweli called the results “sweet and sour”.
About 12‚500 Grade 9 learners at almost 300 schools were tested and their results compared to results in South Africa in 2011‚ 2003‚ 1999 and 1995. https://cb511277ec7cfb2929b7ad1d5fb77c87.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
The average among Grade 9 learner score is 362‚ an improvement from 332 in 2011 – 400 is seen as an acceptable pass.
In 1996‚ the average score in Grade 9 was 280.
South African scores are at the bottom of the countries tested among Morocco‚ Saudi Arabia‚ and Jordan.