I know that this blog is strictly speaking just for mathematical literacy, but as many teachers who teach ML also teach mathematics, I will do some cross-over postings.

There have been much debate about Paper 3 in mathematics. Paper 3 is an additional paper for grade 12 learners to write. It consists of geometry, probability and a few other topics. Teachers can choose if they teach it to their learners and it was due to become compulsory in 2011, but this implementation date has now been postponed. It also has to be taught out of time-tabled time which has resulted in teachers not offering it to their learners as an optional choice.

Learners who did not do Paper 3 in matric seem to battle with first year university mathematics and the question is if it should not be compulsory for those who will be doing University level mathematics.

To address these issues, there will be a panel discussion to be held at the Marang Centre in Johannesburg on the 24th June, 3pm – 5pm. Tea will be served from 2:30pm

**Here is the blurp:**

When the new FET curriculum for Mathematics was implemented in 2006, certain sections were designated as optional and examined separately in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in 2008 as Mathematics Paper 3. The Department of Education announced this year that the optional status of Paper 3 is to remain. Concerns emerging from interim first year results in Mathematics and related courses in the Universities have sparked interest in Paper 3 for students entering mathematics-related degrees and diplomas. As with many issues around the new NSC Mathematics examinations, the Paper 3 issue provoked some heated discussions. We believe that more light (and less heat) can be generated through bringing together various interest groups so that we may understand ranging needs and challenges. We all need to be able to make informed choices, choices that are both mathematically and educationally sound. The questions for this panel are thus:

- What is Mathematics Paper 3 for?

- Should all/some learners and schools be encouraged to offer Paper 3?

- Should universities make Mathematics Paper 3 a requirement for entry to mathematics-related degrees?

The Mathematics for Teaching Thrust in the Marang Centre has organised a panel discussion to throw light on the issues around Paper 3, from various perspectives, particularly:

- the National Department of Education
- Practicing teachers
- The university sector•

The four panellists will offer brief and informative presentations in the first hour. The second hour is for discussion with the intent of increasing our collective understanding of concerns and interests.

Please join us and add your perspective into the discussion

Panel chair: Professor Jill Adler, Chair of Mathematics Education, Wits University and Kings College London

Panellists:

Ms Penny Vinjevold, DDG: Further Education and Training in the National Department of Education.

Ms Lerato Mathenjwa, Mathematics teacher, S.G.Mafaesa Secondary School.

Dr Belinda Huntley, School of Mathematics, Wits University.

Mr Graeme Evans, Assessment Specialist with responsibility for Mathematics, IEB.

**Panel Discussion 24th June, 3pm – 5pm. Tea will be served from 2:30pm **

When the new FET curriculum for Mathematics was implemented in 2006, certain sections were designated as optional and examined separately in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in 2008 as Mathematics Paper 3. The Department of Education announced this year that the optional status of Paper 3 is to remain. Concerns emerging from interim first year results in Mathematics and related courses in the Universities have sparked interest in Paper 3 for students entering mathematics-related degrees and diplomas. As with many issues around the new NSC Mathematics examinations, the Paper 3 issue provoked some heated discussions. We believe that more light (and less heat) can be generated through bringing together various interest groups so that we may understand ranging needs and challenges. We all need to be able to make informed choices, choices that are both mathematically and educationally sound. The questions for this panel are thus:

*What is Mathematics Paper 3 for? *

*Should all/some learners and schools be encouraged to offer Paper 3? *

*Should universities make Mathematics Paper 3 a requirement for entry to mathematics-related degrees?*

The Mathematics for Teaching Thrust in the Marang Centre has organised a panel discussion to throw light on the issues around Paper 3, from various perspectives, particularly:

- the National Department of Education
- Practicing teachers
- The university sector

The four panellists will offer brief and informative presentations in the first hour. The second hour is for discussion with the intent of increasing our collective understanding of concerns and interests.

**Please join us and add your perspective into the discussion**

**Panel chair: **Professor Jill Adler, Chair of Mathematics Education, Wits University and Kings College London** **

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**Panellists:**

Ms Penny Vinjevold, DDG: Further Education and Training in the National Department of Education.

Ms Lerato Mathenjwa, Mathematics teacher, S.G.Mafaesa Secondary School.

Dr Belinda Huntley, School of Mathematics, Wits University.

Mr Graeme Evans, Assessment Specialist with responsibility for Mathematics, IEB.

November 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Wat is mathematical literay? I wrote mathematics paper 3 in botswana and applied for civil engineering diploma , 1 university accepted me but university of joburg says they do not accept mathematical literacy therefore my application was not successful , please reply

June 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

im scared that i wont make it

October 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

maths lit is made for those that can’t pass maths.i think you should make it clear to the university that you do pure maths and maths p3

January 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

This piece was cogent, welriwl-tten, and pithy.

December 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

can i start paper3 in grade11 and can i do paper3 in any schools

December 2, 2011 at 7:06 am

I was in grd 11 this year and thats when i started maths3,sadly though its not available at any other school,you only find it at private schools or public schools that can easily be mistaken for a private (like my school) however,as from next year the maths 3 work will be included in the grd 10 syllabus and they will be the grade that ultimatly matriculates with a syllabus that will include maths 3,while borring topics such as transformation will be extracted from the syllabus…but thats just for next years grd 10s and all that follow.

March 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

Paper 3 must continue because it increases the points in Universities