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Teaching mathematics is a calling

On 19 June 2021 the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC) announced Bianca Chimanikire from the Leap Science and Maths School in Jane Furse, Sekhukhune East District, Limpopo as the top student for itsĀ 2021 Language and Communication to develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills for the 21st Century (LC SAMO 2) Online Course. The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) coordinated the training, which was sponsored by Old Mutual.

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Making a tangible difference in mathematics education

To make a tangible difference in mathematics education, the remuneration of teachers in this scarce-skill discipline will need attention. Attracting mathematically talented young people into the teaching profession is becoming increasingly difficult.

Mathematically skilled people worldwide get drawn into engineering, accountancy, actuarial science, and other scientific and financial professions. The time has come to reconsider ways to narrow the salary gap between careers in mathematics in corporate South Africa and that offered to mathematics teachers.

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