The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) said the problem lies with the uptake in pure mathematics – whose enrollment numbers were even more worrying than accounting.
Lester Kiewit spoke to SAICA executive Robert Zwane on the issue.
• Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi tweeted that the interest in accounting taught in schools was dwindling
• Only 20,000 out of 140,000 have registered for accounting in matric exams.
Zwane explained that universities let students study accounting without having done the subject at school, making it somewhat redundant.
He added that maths was considered a gateway subject because a number of high-demand occupations required it.