Experts say a lack of qualified teachers is turning students off maths

Oct 11, 2019 | Hornsby


Too many Australian secondary school teachers are forced to teach maths despite being unqualified to do so, a technology think tank has warned.

The Academy of Technology and Engineering said the shortage of qualified maths teachers was contributing to an alarming rise in the number of VCE students shunning maths.

The academy argued students were avoiding VCE maths because too many are being taught in their middle years by “out-of-field” teachers who are not qualified to teach the subject.

Emeritus Professor Doreen Thomas, chair of the academy's education forum, said Australia would need more mathematically and scientifically qualified workers to take on the jobs of the 21st century.

“To inspire students, we need to have well-qualified and well-trained maths teachers,” Professor Thomas said.


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