Key Points:

  • Mathematics and science at school are vital to higher education, skilled jobs, and the national economy.
  • For this reason, CDE has taken a sustained interest in the performance of the South African schooling system in these subjects.
  • This paper summarises the results of four statistical analyses of Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate results since 1998.
  • Conducted by Professor Charles Simkins, they provide important new insights into the mathematics and science performance of South African schools, and identify key policy issues arising from the research.
  • Mathematics and science at school are vital to higher education, skilled jobs, and the national economy. For this reason, CDE has taken a sustained interest in the performance of the South African schooling system in these subjects.
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