Deciding what subjects to take at the end of Grade 9 is an important life decision, but it isn’t easy to know that early on what you want to do when you’re finished school.
There’s no magic formula, what is important though is that at the start of Grade 9 (even during Grade 8), you start thinking about possible career choices.
Some compelling reasons to seriously consider taking pure mathematics to Grade 12 wouldn’t you say?
We know that the prospect of pure maths is one that scares many young people. But it’s a no brainer really. If you are good at maths or believe you can pass it with some hard work and determination, then you really should consider taking it as a subject in Grade 10. It can only benefit you in the future.
Maths literacy is about using mathematical skills and principles in the real world, whereas pure mathematics focuses on the discipline of mathematics. In pure mathematics, applications are important but are not always exhibited in real-life contexts.
Pure mathematics content is expanded on as you progress from year to year. Maths literacy is not an alternative to a higher grade or standard grade maths, it is a distinctive subject that uses mathematical concepts and applies them to everyday situations.
Maths literacy enables you to develop the ability to think numerically and to interpret and analyse everyday situations to solve some problems. It equips you to become financially responsible and mathematically literate, but it will not grant access at tertiary institutions should you wish to study engineering, natural science, information technology, medicine or many other courses of study.
With pure mathematics and physical science, you are more likely to understand charts or formulas without having to read journals upon journals trying to make sense of it all. Pure mathematics and physical science will train you to think logically, critically and analytically.
A scarce skill is a specific job, in a specific industry for which there are too few qualified or available people in the labour market to meet industry demand.
Scarce skills can be a result of absolute scarcity, this could be due to the fact that the job is newly emerging, or that no people have enrolled to acquire the skills required to do the job.