I’ve (almost) always worked in the Higher Education sector of South Africa and I find this report from University World News very very disturbing:

A shocking results of pilot national benchmark tests revealed that:

  • only 7% of first-year students are proficient in mathematics
  • only25% are fully quantitatively literate
  • less than 50% have the academic literacy skills needed to succeed without support

What are they teaching our kids at school!? How on earth can you go through 12 years of schooling and 75% of students are quantitatively ILLITERATE?

The rest of the report was just too depressing to read on a Friday, maybe I’ll be able to stomach it on Monday….