## Mathematical Literacy – see ** in Admission Requirements at Business School of Excellence Namibia

**What is Mathematical Literacy?**

Mathematical literacy is defined as: “an individual’s capacity to formulate, employ and interpret mathematics in a variety of contexts. It includes reasoning mathematically and using mathematical concepts, procedures, facts and tools to describe, explain and predict phenomena.

**Overview**

Mathematical literacy is the skill that supports the application of mathematics dealing with lives. This allows students to develop the skills and confidence to think numerically and spatially to interpret and critically analyse daily situations and to solve problems [13].

**Frequently Asked Questions**

**What’s the difference between maths and maths literacy?**

Mathematics deals with theories and concepts and problems not necessarily encountered in everyday life (think trigonometry, algebra and basic calculus). In contrast to this, mathematical literacy deals with common practical problems like budgeting, interest calculations etc.

**What is topics for mathematical literacy?**

“Topics for Mathematical Literacy” includes five major components: exponential and logarithmic functions, personal finance (including interest rates and annuities), basic logical thinking, basic principles of probability, and statistical reasoning.

**Can you do medicine with maths literacy?**

Perhaps one of the disadvantages of Mathematical Literacy is that you cannot enroll in degrees such as Accounting, Engineering, IT, Chemistry, and Medicine.

**How do you develop maths literacy?**

This can be accomplished through the teaching of word origins, by relating mathematical vocabulary across the curriculum, by teaching mathematics in a real world context and through the integration of technology. All of these methods can help students to enhance mathematical literacy and build deeper understandings.

**Can I go to university with maths literacy?**

Mathematical Literacy is only accepted as an admittance subject in some courses at universities and FET colleges. This is a potential problem for learners who are interested in tertiary education.

**Can I be an accountant with maths literacy?**

Maths literacy will not get you accepted into a CA(SA) degree/programme, you will have to do a bridging course. If you are still in the process of doing your CTA, BDO does accept you into traineeship while you persevere with your studies. BDO also offer bursaries if you need financial assistance.

**Can I study social worker with maths literacy?**

NSC achievement rating of at least 40% for Mathematics or Technical Mathematics or 65% for Mathematical Literacy. Admission is subject to Departmental selection.

**Can you become a teacher with maths literacy?**

Teaching Foundation Phase requires you to pass Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy in Grade 12 and have your Bachelor’s degree. Teaching as an Intermediate Phase teacher requires you to have passed Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy in your matric year and have your Bachelor’s Degree in two of these: Language(s)

**Why is it important to use mathematical language in early years?**

Math language gives children a way to express their growing understanding of math concepts. Children need multiple opportunities to use mathematical language in a variety of activities.

**What are literacy strategies?**

Literacy strategies are techniques that teachers use to help students improve their reading skills. They target different skill sets and areas of knowledge that involve reading, such as vocabulary, spelling ability, comprehension, critical analysis and language articulation.

**Can I become a pilot with maths literacy?**

Education Requirements: Able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you completed maths, science & geography at school this will help but is not a set requirement.

**Can you study civil engineering with maths literacy?**

Maths and Physical Sciences are compulsory for all Engineering degrees and for most National Diplomas. Complementary subjects such as Maths Literacy, Geography, Information Technology, Computer Application Technology (CAT), Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering are recommended for this area.

**Should I take maths literacy?**

Studies show that it is better for you to get 40% in mathematics than it is to get 100% in mathematical literacy. This is because it is harder to get into university if you take mathematical literacy.

**Can I be an accountant with maths literacy?**

Maths literacy will not get you accepted into a CA(SA) degree/programme, you will have to do a bridging course. If you are still in the process of doing your CTA, BDO does accept you into traineeship while you persevere with your studies. BDO also offer bursaries if you need financial assistance.

**Can you do computer science with maths literacy?**

Maths or Maths Literacy is compulsory with complementary subjects such as Physical Science, Information Technology and Computer Application Technology (CAT) are important for this area. For computer animation, Visual Arts and Design are highly recommended.