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Graduates with proficiency in math receive better pay

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Limited, has said that graduates who pursue careers that require proficiency in mathematics such as actuaries, gain better-paying jobs in Jamaica and across the globe.

Hosin was speaking yesterday in his capacity as vice-president of the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) during a workshop it sponsored for math teachers at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Education's National Mathematics Team, coordinated by Dr Tamika Benjamin.

This is the third year the IAJ has sponsored the workshop series, which the Ministry of Education said contributed to improvement in students' performance in mathematics in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations last year.

Hosin implored the Ministry of Education to continue the math revolution as he noted that the Asian countries used their mastery of mathematics to grow their economies and to provide better living standards for their citizens. He pointed out that mathematics helped students to develop analytical and critical-thinking skills as well as their ability to solve problems, all of which are important in nation building and creating wealth for individuals.

The insurance industry executive urged teachers to inspire their students by showing them the practical benefits from excelling in mathematics. The math workshops, which were staged simultaneously across the island in three locations, had 390 participants receiving training to become better math teachers.