The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana) has held a five-day intensive training for 50 pre-tertiary mathematics teachers in the Afram Plains North District of the Eastern Region.
The programme is aimed at promoting teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels of education in Ghana.
Speaking on behalf of the President of AIMS-Ghana, Ms Sarah Osei, a Career Development and External Relations Manager for AIMS-Ghana, stated that teaching and learning of mathematics was a problem in Ghana, hence the need to equip the teachers to adopt a modern way of teaching in the classroom for easy understanding.
She said that the initiative was a partnership between the government through the Ministry of Education and AIMS-Ghana to train teachers in modern ways of teaching mathematics and demystify the subject as being considered as an abstract one.
She noted mathematics was the bedrock of modern economies; therefore, it was critical to whip up the interest in studying mathematics to demystify it.
“Despite the importance of mathematical and quantitative skills, there is a decline in the number of skilled mathematics teachers at the pre-tertiary level in Ghana”, she said.
Ms. Osei stated that, AIMS-Ghana is committed to liaising with all stakeholders in education to raise pupils’ interest in learning the subject by equipping the teachers to make teaching of the subject lively and easy for the pupils.
According to her, mathematics equipped individuals to think logically and become problem solvers, explaining that one of the key skills needed in Ghana’s developmental agenda was the development of mathematical talents.
She said AIMS, as Africa’s first network of centres of excellence for post-graduate scientific training, research, industry and public engagement in mathematical Sciences, had the objective of delivering excellent teaching, research and education in mathematical sciences.
“AIMS has it as a mission to enable Africa’s brightest students flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, industrial, educational and economic self-sufficiency”, she added.
Mr. Gabriel Adu, the District Education Director for Afram Plains North, expressed appreciation to AIMS-Ghana for choosing the district for the pilot project, and pledged his outfit’s support in making the training programme a success and to help raise performance in mathematics in the district.
From David Kodjo,Donkorkrom