‘Maths education should not forget to show connections to society’, says Professor Louise Nyssen

The New Factory. – The Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, has just announced the return of mathematics in the common core in high school, at the rate of 1h30 per week. Is this good news?

Louise Nyssen. – That everyone can redo maths is good news, but we have to wait to see how this announcement will be implemented. For example, the first class today offers a Mathematics option as an option. It is on the basis of these 4 hours of teaching that the pupils can then access in terminale either the specialty Mathematics, of 6 hours, or the option Complementary Mathematics, of 3 hours. However, the minister suggested that with the return of maths in the common core, even students who had not followed the specialty in first could choose the complementary option in terminal. Except that this option was designed for students who received 4 hours of teaching per week the previous year, and not 1h30. We therefore wonder how the common core will be articulated with the option of final and if the program of this teaching will be modified. On these questions, the ministry is expected to engage in a real exchange with the players in the field.

With this measure, the minister says he wants to “reconcile all students with mathematics”. Where does the lack of love for this discipline come from?


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