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Gov't revises date for achieving 85 per cent mastery in numeracy at grade four

Published:Wednesday | May 7, 2014 | 3:37 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The government has changed the target date for achieving 85 per cent mastery in numeracy at grade four to 2018.




The Education Ministry had been pursing a 2015 target date.



However, making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate a short while ago, the Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites said another three years will be needed to achieve mastery in numeracy in the primary school system.



"We are far off track to meet the national target of 85 per cent proficiency at grade four by 2015," Thwaites said while announcing that the ministry has restructured the national mathematics programme to make the subject the success of every student a non-negotiable priority.



In the meantime, Thwaites said the country is on track to achieve the target of 100 per cent literacy at the primary level by 2015.



The minister said the government is determined to ensure there are no more illiterate school

leavers.



Turning to the secondary system, Thwaites said the government has set a target for 85 per cent of the age cohort to sit CSEC mathematics by 2017.



He said the ministry will be deploying 146 mathematics coaches to primary and secondary schools.



According to the Minister, the coaches will be responsible of raising teaching standards and teaching achievement in mathematics.



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