Mathematics Education: Officials Acquire New Techniques

A two-week seminar to enhance the performance of pedagogic inspectors of mathematics opened in Yaounde yesterday October 17, 2016.

 

Mathematics is important in for development. It is at the basis of sciences, technology and engineering. Unfortunately the performance of learners in this subject is still below expectations. It is in this light that a two-week seminar to enhance the performance of pedagogic inspectors of mathematics opened in Yaounde yesterday October 17, 2016 on the theme; “Learn and teach differently”.

Speaking at the opening, the Secretary of State for Secondary Education in charge of Teacher Training, Boniface Bayaola, called on participants to participate actively in the workshop so as to play an important role in the fight against failure in mathematics. Organised by the Ministry of Secondary Education in collaboration with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, AIMS, the workshop brings together 46 national and regional pedagogic inspectors from across the country. The objective of the workshop is to help improve the quality of teaching mathematics in Cameroon. For two weeks pedagogic inspectors will learn new techniques of teaching mathematics to enable them teach differently and the students learn differently.

The Mathematics Teacher Training Programme at AIMS is a five-year pilot programme in partnership with the government of Cameroon to improve the quality of secondary schools math education by training math lecturers, inspectors and experienced teachers as master trainers who will in turn train secondary school math teachers. The AIMS-Cameroon partnership intends to train 1,920 teachers who will train 1,700,000 students. It will incite students in general and girls in particular to be interested in mathematics.

 

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