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The definition of Mathematical Literacy, as taken from the National Curriculum Statement, outlines Mathematical Literacy as follows:

  • provides students with an awareness and understanding of the role that mathematics plays in the modern world.
  • driven by life-related applications of mathematics
  • develops the ability and confidence to think numerically and spatially in order to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations and to solve problems.

For many students, mathematics is frightening, obscure and unattainable. Mathematical Literacy provides an excellent alternative to Mathematics, and students who study it have found that, because it is rooted in real-life experiences, it is a subject that makes sense and is eminently do- able.

Different tertiary institutions have different admission requirements and some do accept Mathematical Literacy for applications to Law, Psychology, Sports Science etc. It is essential that you contact the different institutions when considering your options.