The President of the Ghana Mathematics Society (GMS), Prof Sitsofe E. Anku, has underscored the need to prioritise the teaching of Mathematics in schools to help students with the requisite knowledge to solve national issues.
He said the country’s challenges were as a result of inadequate attention given to the teaching of Mathematics in schools.
“Mathematics is one of the easiest subjects yet majority of our students fail because of lack of proper attention. Everything we do here on earth is calculated and thus mathematics, so we need to take keen interest,” he said.
Prof Anku who is also the Founder and Executive Director of Meagasa Mathematics Academy said this at the launch of an educational application dubbed ‘PassCo’in Accra on Tuesday.
PassCo is an Android application that enables final year students easily access past questions and answers from 1992 to 2015.
According to Prof Anku, Mathematics could be be used to solve the nation’s challenges if students were taught properly to know how to apply them in their daily lives to solve national issues.
Mr Archibald Annan, the Chief Executive Officer of Revo Education, designers of the application, said it was designed mainly for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates who are preparing for their examinations.
He said education was a necessity hence the need to make it accessible and affordable to all.
“To complement this effort, it is imperative to incorporate technology in our education delivery system,” he said.
Mr. Annan was optimistic that the application would help students to familiarise themselves with past questions for them to pass their examinations very well.
He also called on stakeholders and corporate institutions to help donate Android devices to students who were in deprived communities to have access to the application.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong