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CONSISTENT POOR PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS
Over the years there has been consistent poor performance in Mathematics by students in Primary, Junior/ Senior Secondary schools and even the model Unity Schools. This mass failure of Mathematics has become quite worrisome not only for parents, but also for the education authorities including the Minister for Education. However nobody seems to have a solution to this national Mathematics problem.
Recurrent mass failure has been recorded in both the National Examinations Council (NECO), Senior Secondary Certificate and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). For example the June-July 2009 NECO results showed that as much as 89.32% of the 1.2million candidates who took the Exam failed to pass Mathematics with a credit. In fact NECO stated that out of a total of 234,682 only 4,000 or roughly 6%, achieved five credits with English and Mathematics. Similarly, the 2009 November/December WASSCE results indicated that only 31% of the candidates who sat for the exams made credits in Mathematics.
123 of Maths is the solution
Teacher’s need training and resources that assist them with creating lesson plans that build proficiency. Schools and teachers need materials that build confidence and enables students to feel comfortable with the concepts of mathematics. They must have a repertoire of teaching practices that can promote proficiency. This program is the solution to eliminating poor performance among primary and secondary school students.
This innovative interactive instructional learning material can be used in two main ways:
It can be used effectively as a teaching aid by mathematics teachers in the classroom, for group study of mathematics.
It can also be used by each child as an individual learning tool at home or school. This ensures that every child has the opportunity of reviewing the video as many times as needed, until the material is properly understood.