A two-week workshop aimed at improving the capacity of mathematics teachers across the country, has been held in Accra.
The workshop, which was organized by the Ministry of Education, formed part of efforts to improve the study of mathematics among students.
Facilitated by Prof. Sitsope Enyonam Anku, a renowned mathematician, and held at the Meagasa Mathematics Academy, the first phase of the training programme benefited 140 mathematics teachers from the Northern, Central and Western Regions.
Enoch Cobbinah, Chief Director of the Ministry, addressing the opening ceremony earlier, explained that in 2014, government decided to prioritise the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science.
As a result, he said, a committee was set up to scrutinize the causes of poor performance in the two subjects, after which the training was initiated to address some of the shortfalls.
According to him, the training workshop was part of the implementation of the committee’s report and added that similar programmes had been instituted to train teachers in Science which had been held in Kumasi.
He, therefore, charged the teachers undergoing the training to become transformers.
“We need to end this situation of poor performance in mathematics and science,” he stressed.
He stated that under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), a component on quality improvement was also aimed at training science and mathematics teachers in 125 low performing Senior High Schools across the country.
He announced that the Ministry would soon engage heads of the low performing SHSs as well as teachers of the two subjects to deliberate on the possible ways of improving on the performance of the subjects.
Prof. Sitsope Enyonam Anku on his part, thanked the Minister of Education, for ensuring that the training was conducted, and lauded the contribution of other stakeholders.
He asked the teachers to provide opportunities for students to learn mathematics in a practical way, especially through the use of the “Finger Mathematics”.
He also charged the teachers to go back to their respective schools to break the mental barriers in pupils and transform them to love the subject.