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Gov't to establish Mathematics consortium to address poor Maths performance

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 8:44 PM
Reid ... the consortium will comprise Mathematics experts and specialists who will provide support to schools in the teaching of the subject.

The Education Ministry is to work with the University of the West Indies and other stakeholders to establish a Mathematics consortium to address the decline in performance in the subject at the high school level.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid while addressing delegates this morning on the third and final day of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association now underway in Montego Bay, St. James. 

Reid said the Consortium will comprise Mathematics experts and specialists who will provide support to schools in the teaching of the subject. 

According to the minister, the consortium will be among a number of initiatives in response to the 14 percentage-point decline in student performance across the region in the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate Mathematics exam.

While acknowledging that the migration of teachers is one of the factors resulting in the decline in mathematics performance among students, Reid said deeper analysis is needed to better assess poor student performance in Mathematics.

The education minister said that study is to be undertaken by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission and will be used to guide programmes to address the deficits in Mathematics education.