NUMBERS IN MATHS NOT ADDING WELL
THERE has been a lot of focus on getting children, especially girls, to study science, technology, economics and maths, but figures show the message is not hitting the mark. Enrolments in advanced mathematics have dropped 9 per cent since 2006 in Australia, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute says. And only 6.9 per cent of Year 12 girls studied advanced mathematics compared to 12.6 per cent of boys. The participation rate has continued to decline for the past 30 years. “Without immediate action, a deepening mathematical skills gap will put the brakes on industry innovation in Australia,” AMSI director Geoff Prince said. “There is still a pervasive message that girls don’t study maths. Much more needs to be done to rewrite this narrative and encourage girls to pursue high-level mathematics in Year 12 and beyond.” We have been told it is the way of the future and a basis for a successful career. Time to start talking to your children.