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Ministry Re-trains Mathematics Teachers

Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah..

As part of efforts to strengthen and improve the study of Mathematics among students in the country, the Ministry initiated a planned programme being facilitated by a renowned Mathematician, Prof. Sitsope Enyonam Anku, to train teachers from all the regions in the country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National training of trainers’ workshop in Mathematics for teachers from three regions at the Meagasa Mathematics Academy in Accra, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Enoch Cobbinah, said in 2014, Government decided to prioritize the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science. As a result, a committee was set up to scrutinize the causes of poor performance in the two subjects.

According to him, the training workshop was part of the implementation of the committee’s report and added that similar programmes had also been instituted to train teachers in Science which was taking place in Kumasi concurrently.

He therefore, charged the teachers undergoing the training to become transformers. “We need to end this situation of poor performance of Mathematics and Science” he stressed.

He stated that under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), a component on quality improvement is also aimed at training Science and Mathematics teachers in 125 low performing Senior High Schools across the country.

He announced that the Ministry will soon engage heads of the low performing SHSs as well as teachers of the two subjects to deliberate on the possible ways of improving on the performance of the subjects.

Prof. Sitsope Enyonam Anku on his part, thanked the Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, for the relentless and passionate role she played to ensure that the training workshop became a reality. He also thanked the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for sponsoring the last batch of the training program.

He asked the teachers to provide opportunities for students to learn Mathematics in a practical way full of fun, especially through the use of the “Finger Mathematics”.

He also charged the teachers to go back to their respective schools to break the mental barriers in pupils and transform them to love the subject.

The two-week workshop is being attended by more than 140 Mathematics teachers from the Northern, Central and Western Regions.

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