Consistent underperformance in maths and science will not go away, making it a critical public policy matter that needs immediate attention and innovative solutions. It is all the more urgent considering that SA has ambitions to become a developmental state such as Singapore and South Korea, whose economic miracles were founded on technical competence, beginning with an emphasis on maths and science education.
An immediate solution for SA might not be too far off, and it is incredibly simple. It entails granting foreign teachers short-term permits to work in the country. There is plenty of room to learn from top-performing countries — and others.
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