Following the concerns raised by experts that Australia’s future will be bleak if students refrain from studying Maths in high schools, the Federal government is looking to push mid-level Maths compulsory in all university degree courses.
As of now, only 14 percent of Australia’s science university degrees have Maths as a pre-requisite. Many experts warned that Australian students are becoming unprepared for the Maths skills needed in university courses.
The Federal Government’s plan seeks mid-level Maths mandatory for a range of university degrees, including commerce, engineering and science. The drive is also part of the 10-year plan to improve Australia’s Mathematics skills for boosting innovation in the country, reports The ABC.
According to experts, many students are unprepared for the Maths needed in universities. It is also sending a wrong message to Australian schools that Maths is not important.
Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia, Cheryl Praeger, said Australia faces a dire future unless the recommendations are implemented.
“I’m afraid we really need students and graduates and workers with critical thinking who can think logically and solve our problems,” Professor Praeger said.
Professor Geoff Prince of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute said Australia has been falling behind the rest of the world in Maths. In his view, Australian students are underperforming not only internationally but nationally as well.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the remaining Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) board and its members for running the innovation agenda, reports ZD Net.
Bill Ferris was already appointed the chair of the board with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel taking the role of deputy chair.
The new members are departing CEO of Google Australia & New Zealand Maile Carnegie, CEO of Australian startup Atlassian Scott Farquhar, Daniel Petre from AirTree capital ventures, co-founder of Square Peg Capital Paul Bassat, Chris Roberts from ResMed and Michele Allan, Chancellor of Charles Sturt University.
According to Turnbull, the ISA board represents innovators and entrepreneurs with proven success.