I special reports I
maths and science success
F our years ago, SAICA was determined to boost the throughput
of desperately needed African chartered accountants [CAs(SA)].
As a result, the Institute formed the Thuthuka Maths and Science
She refers to the 2004 matric results as a primary motivation for
Development Camps, to address the issue of literacy and “In 2004, 467 985 learners wrote senior certificate, of whom only
numeracy at secondary school level. 39 939 wrote higher grade mathematics. Among that number,
24 143 (5% of the total) passed, and 7 236 (1,5% of the total) of
Provincial development camps represent an important component
whom were black Africans.”
of the Thuthuka programme.
The Human Sciences Research Council was recently commissioned The main aim of the camps is to target some 1 800 grade 11
by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to develop a and grade 12 learners a year, selected on the basis of their
tracking and monitoring tool for following progress at the Thuthuka mathematics, science and accounting potential. From the 1 357
& DST maths and science development camps. learners that attended in 2007, 671 were grade 11 and 686 were
grade 12 learners.
The research revealed that in 2005, only 6,3% of schools were reached
in all nine provinces compared to a phenomenal 11,64% in 2008. In The learners are then encouraged to choose either accounting
2005 a total of 1 111 learners enrolled for the camps in the Eastern or the SET professions (Science, Engineering, Technology) as
Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, and Limpopo a career. Most of the students from grade 11 chose to study
provinces compared to 2008, when a total of 2 005 students enrolled.
accounting and commerce.
“An impressive 88% got through their first year examinations,
82% passed second year and 67% passed third year”, says Gugu The 2007 grade 12 learner academic performance revealed that the
Makhanya, Project Director: Transformation, SAICA. “These majority of grade 12 learners that attended the camps wrote their
statistics are well ahead of the national averages. Our students