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When I first read the article “Maths and Science vs Morals and Values” by Julie Staub, Fundraising Coordinator at OutwardBound (NGO Pulse, No.139), I thought there was a new dark comedy section in NGO Pulse - the kind you find captioned with a cartoon.
In response to what has been described as the cause of the skills crisis in this country, Staub writes: “I believe that we need to teach our youth more about morals and values than maths and science.
Critical Opinion Piece
In a speech promoting literacy, the Minister of Education described education as a “national emergency” and called on teachers, parents, the private sector, unions and learners to participate in providing solutions which cannot be provided solely by the State.
The facts are disturbing. A Grade 3 departmental systemic evaluation revealed literacy scores of 54 percent and listening and comprehension scores of 68 percent. Reading and writing scored 39 percent and numeracy, 30 percent.