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Lack of Science Capacity Threatens Africa’s Future

A meeting hosted by the United Kingdom Department for International Affairs (DFID) has heard that the ‘remarkable recent economic growth’ in many African countries may be able to sustain science through domestic funding.

Speaking at the launch of the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative in London, DFID chief scientific adviser and director of research, Chris Whitty, pointed out that lack of scientists is potentially a major block to the development of middle-income countries in Africa,.

Improving Mathematics Performance at Schools

In a nutshell, the South African schooling system shows the following characteristics: the national mean mathematics scores are low and need to improve. There is a high differentiation of the educational performance of students from different socio-economic conditions and we can say that we have two systems of education. This means that an estimated 30 percent of schools perform reasonably well, while 70 percent of schools are underperforming.

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