By empowering learners to be mathematically competent and efficient, the Vaal Triangle Campus is proactively addressing the dire skills need of the country, says Prof Herman van der Merwe, executive dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.
“Mathematics, along with science, is very important to the economy and the further development of our country.
“School learners who want to further their studies or work in sectors like engineering, natural sciences, information technology and medicine have to pass mathematics, science or both if they are to qualify for further studies in these fields.
“Our economy needs doctors, engineers, architects, actuaries and information technology specialists, and I believe that as a university and as a campus, we are heeding the call to address this skills deficit.”
What a disaster. Your child’s dream of studying at the NWU’s Vaal Triangle Campus so that she can become an IT programmer is shattered because her marks for mathematics in the final matriculation exam aren’t high enough.
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Introduced in 2014 and offered within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology, the Bridging the Mathematical Gap course is presented for six hours a day for a two-week period, Saturdays included. During this time students receive intensive coaching in groups and also individually. They write various class tests and two exam papers to ascertain their level of insight.
“The programme sets a minimum required pass rate of 50% for all participants, but I am pleased to say that so far we have maintained a pass rate of 80%,” says Daleen Gerber, director of the School of Information Technology.
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