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Intense maths programme for schools this September

Published:Monday | August 12, 2013 | 8:05 PM

The Government is to implement an intensified mathematics programme this September as part of efforts to combat Jamaica’s continued poor performance in the subject at all levels of the education system.



Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, says the country is facing a crisis in achieving mathematics goals outlined in the national education strategic plan.



Thwaites made the announcement today after releasing Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate data showing that approximately 10,000 of the 22,903 students who sat the exam in June achieved a passing grade.



He says the mathematics strategic plan, and a new national mathematics policy guideline, will be the basis of the intensified mathematics programme to address the country’s performance in the short to medium term.



Some major components include the identification of teachers at the primary level to serve as school-based mathematics teachers, as well as the establishment of a team of 19 mathematics coordinators to support principals to rearrange programmes in schools.



Several training and professional development initiatives will also be carried out.



The Ministry of Education has reported that 2,500 more students achieved a passing grade in mathematics this year compared to 2012.



Of the 26,529 students sitting this year's English A paper 16,871 attained a passing grade.



This represents an 11 per cent increase over last year, which saw 52 per cent of the cohort passing English.



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