Mathematical sciences have directly and indirectly underpinned more than 22 per cent of Australian industry during the last two decades, with direct support totaling almost $60 billion. Despite this contribution, the National Committee for Mathematical Sciences has called for more focus to be placed on maths education in high school, in order to prepare students properly for university courses and work in the real world.
As we move into an economic era characterised by trends in big data, a service economy underpinned by statistical expertise and the quantification of observations and experiences into sets of numbers, there are fears Australians could lag behind global rivals if steps are not taken now to improve adolescent maths skills.
A report prepared by professor Nalini Joshi from the National Committee for Mathematical Sciences and announced by the education minister, Simon Birmingham, contains 12 recommendations. The most significant is to make Year 12 intermediate maths a prerequisite for all university bachelor degree programs in science, engineering and commerce.
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