‘Expand Mental Arithmetic System programme to public schools’

Educational stakeholders have been urged to collaborate to expand the Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) programme to public schools.

UCMAS is a child development programme based on Mental Math and the Abacus that boosts brainpower in children aged 6-12.

 

Mr Roger Ohemeng, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UCMAS Ghana Limited, who made the call on Saturday at the sixth national inter-schools’ competition held at the Burma Hall in Accra said the expansion would help in the learning of maths in public schools.

The annual inter-schools competition was participated by pupils between the age of five and 13.

Mr Ohemeng said, a number of attempts have been undertaken to facilitate the integration of UCMAS programme into the educational system but had so far not yielded much positive results, adding that UCMAS Ghana was willing to partner with directors of schools to build the confidence levels of children.

He urged parents to give opportunity to their wards to participate in the upcoming UC cup challenge, scheduled for December in Malaysia, where children will be allowed to compete at the international level.

According to Mr Ohemeng, the international competition would expose children from other countries and help them build self-confidence, which was a needed skill.

Mr Ohemeng said the UCMAS helped in building healthy ties of friendship as colleagues undergoing mental development, adding that children who could not join this year’s competition should be supported to partake in next year’s edition.

Mr Samuel Ntow, the Director of Private Schools at the Ghana Education Service said the success chalked by UCMAS was incredible saying, the programme had  trained many children to exhibit speed and accuracy, confidence, concentration, improved listening skills, comprehension skills, outstanding creativity, photography memory and fantastic arithmetic skills.

He said it was the country’s collective responsibility to provide conducive atmosphere for children to develop mental capability.

On her part, Mrs Kirti Gurbani, the Technical Director for UCMAS West Africa said UCMAS was now present in every region and operating more than 150 centres and more than fifty-five franchisees across the country.

BY RAISSA SAMBOU       

 

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