Christopher Pyne really doesn’t understand much about education despite being the Minister responsible.
This is not the way to improve the standard of mathematics and science education in Australia. Forcing unwilling children to study the subject will be a total waste of resources. Some kids are just not good at maths and forcing them to do it in year 11 and 12 will be a waste of time.
My brother Steve, has just been appointed to a Chair in Statistics at ANU. He was one of those bright kids who was really good at maths and his experience is worth considering. When he was in Year 10 he had an inspiring maths teacher, Dave Thompson, who opened the window on mathematics for him and set his career path.
If we want to improve the standard of maths and science education, what we need to do is develop resources to producing brilliant teachers (they probably broke the mould after Dave Thompson was born) but that is where the secret to success lies. It is about putting great teachers in front of kids to have a real talent, and passion for mathematics.
Not forcing everyone to do it.