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Almost one in 10 students will never be taught by a qualified maths teacher

Nov 26, 2018 by

By Pallavi Singhal –

Nearly one-tenth of Australian high school students will never be taught by a qualified maths teacher.

More than 75 per cent of students will be taught maths by an out-of-field teacher at least once between years 7 and 10, and up to 38 per cent of secondary maths classes are taught by teachers who aren’t trained in the subject, analysis by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute has found.

More than 75 per cent of students will be taught maths by an out-of-field teacher at least once between years 7 and 10.
More than 75 per cent of students will be taught maths by an out-of-field teacher at least once between years 7 and 10.Credit:

“[The teachers] are maybe a chapter ahead of the kids and they’re always worried they’re not going to be able to answer the next question that comes,” the institute’s director Geoff Prince said.

The analysis found 8 per cent of students will be taught by out-of-field teachers for the entire four years.

And as the rates of out-of-field teaching in years 7 and 10 increase, a “clear link” with the decline in the proportion of HSC students choosing intermediate and advanced maths is emerging, Professor Prince said.

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