It seems that the South African engineering profession, like many others in our society, has grown accustomed to and accepting of a failing public education system. There is the annual lament over poor matric results; or a too-quick joy over meagre improvements in the pass rate such as the 73,9% witnessed in 2012. There are fleeting expressions of horror over results of the Annual National Assessments (ANAs), which look particularly at educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy in the foundation phase; only 13% of grade 9 students passed maths in 2012… (more)