Maths Workshop For Students Ends At Tarkwa

educationGold Fields Ghana Foundation [GFGF],has organised a three- week Mathematics Camp for selected students from its catchment area in the Tarkwa-Nsuem municipality, and the Prestea-Huni-Valley district, to promote the teaching and learning of arithmetic, geometry,algebra and statistics.

The programme, attracted 100 students from the primary, junior and senior high schools and was held in collaboration with the Ghana Mathematics Association at the cost of GH¢42,375.

The objective of the programme, was to demystify the teaching and learning of Mathematics at the basic and senior high levels and also help the beneficiaries to pursue mining and engineering programmes at the tertiary level.

The Corporate Affairs Manager of Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Mr. Mubashir Timamu Dari, in his address at the closing ceremony here, said management decided to bring the programme toTarkwa to enable many students to be taught modern methods of mathematics.

Mr. Dari expressed the hope that the programme would improve the learning of mathematics and also increase the number of students entering the University of Mines and Technology which is in the catchment area of the company.

He lamented that currently only three per cent of students in the area are able to enter the university.
Mr. Dari said: “We want to have a 50-50 situation and the way to do this is to be serious with mathematics.We will increase the number in the ensuing years. We should be able to produce architects and the doctors for the country.”

The Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at the Tarkwa Municipal Education office, Mr. Daniel Amoah, noted that, the camp had come when parents and teachers were finding ways of overcoming the Maths phobia and therefore, thanked GFF for the efforts to improve the subject, in the municipality.

‘’We hope what the students have learnt will reflect in the Basic Education Certificate Examination, ‘he said.

A Deputy Director at the Prestea -Huni Valley Education office, Kwaku Oduro, applauded Gold Fields for improving educational infrastructure in its catchment area and hoped the camp would go a long way to advance the course of Mathematics in the area.

The teaching of the subject, he believed, would also benefit traders, as their wards would impart the new ideas to them adding, “Let’s not belittle mathematics, it is practical.”

The Deputy Director at Meagassa Mathematics Academy, Mr. Fidelis Atachie, also noted the failures in, mathematics because of the fear of the subject, explaining that there is the need for awareness creation for people to appreciate and study the subject.

The Course Prefect,Miss.LeticiaTandoh, thanked the Foundation for giving them the opportunity to attend the camp to learn about new skills in the study of geometry, algebra, arithmetic and statistics, adding “we have had a lot from the camp and hope to improve our knowledge in the subject”. – Clement Adzei Boye, Tarkwa

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