The Executive of QAMT is deeply concerned that the proposed changes to mathematics and science courses at the University of Southern Queensland will have far-reaching, negative consequences for mathematics education generally and mathematics teacher training in particular. We are concerned that undergraduate students and prospective high-school teachers will no longer be able to gain a major in mathematics, statistics, physics or chemistry.

QAMT is committed to maintaining standards of excellence in mathematics education. The Association also aspires to promote mathematics as a useful and desirable area of academic study. We feel that the changes proposed by the University of Southern Queensland are in direct contradiction to these two central goals of our organisation, and we strongly urge the management of USQ to reconsider the proposed changes.

(Reprinted with permission on 14 April 2008.)