South Africa’s mathematics and science education quality were ranked as the worst in the world by the World Economic Forum.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its Global Information Technology Report 2016, which ranked South Africa last in mathematics and science education quality.
South Africa also finished close to last – 137 out of 139 countries – when looking at the overall quality of its education system.
The WEF’s 2016 report ranks SA’s mathematics and science education quality lower than that of Nigeria, Mozambique, and Malawi.
This is the third year in a row that South Africa has finished last in the World Economic Forum’s mathematics and science education quality rankings.
It should be noted that these rankings are based on the perceptions of business leaders, and make use of the WEF’s annual Executive Opinion Survey to establish how well a country’s education system is performing.
In this survey, the opinions of business leaders are gathered on a variety of topics.
The rankings, therefore, detail the perceived quality of mathematics and science education systems.
Quality of math and science education
Quality of the education system
Zuma government’s poor performance
Using the Executive Opinion Survey results, the Global Information Technology Reports show that the perceived quality of South Africa’s educational system has been declining over the last five years.
The reports showed that the SA education quality score dropped from 2.8 to 2.1 over the last five years.
The reports further showed that South Africa’s educational quality score is getting closer and closer to the worst in the world.
In 2009, South Africa was 24 places from the bottom. The 2014 report shows that we are now only 2 places away from the worst country.
Department of basic education rejects report
The department of basic education rejected a World Economic Forum report about the state of the country’s maths and science education.
“The report is not a credible or accurate reflection of the state of education in South Africa,” the department said.
“[We] reject this finding as it is based purely on the opinions or perceptions of selected executives,” the department said
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