Does this really call for celebration?
Well, good news everyone, we’re no longer the shittiest country on the list, but second-last, and according to minister Angie Motshekga that’s definitely worth celebrating.
The minister celebrated our improved ranking in the latest Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) in a statement released by her department, patting herself on the back for being the “most improved education system in the world.”
BusinessTech reports that South Africa came in second last out of 48 countries for Grade 4 mathematics, second last for Grade 8 mathematics and last for Grade 8 science out of 38 countries.
Never one to be put down by cold hard facts, Motshekga bragged that South Africa was leading the pack in Africa when it came to the study, even though we literally came last out of all 59 African countries on the list.
As always, the DA was there to keep things real, with shadow minister of education Gavin Davis giving oll’ Angie a piece of his mind.
“Instead of spinning the results to cast her government in a good light, Minister Motshekga should be engaging with the results frankly and honestly with a view to drastically improving the system,” Davis said.