Addressing maths slump
Efforts are on to address failure rates in the Caribbean Examination Council’s Mathematics programme.
Education officials have revealed that for the last three years, the regional pass rate in CXC Mathematics fell below 36 per cent, and the results in the Common Entrance Examination for that same period have been disappointing.
As a first step towards resolving these issues, the Barbados Union of Teachers together with ConquerMaths Caribbean will host a panel discussion on the topic: The High Failure Rate of Mathematics in the Region – What’s the Problem and Where’s the Solution?
The discussion will be held next Monday, September 16, at the Alexandra Secondary School, Speightstown, St. Peter, from 7 p.m.
Panellists will include Acting Tutor at Erdiston Teacher’s Training College, Courtney Harewood: Principal of Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Mathew Farley; Acting Head of the Maths Department at Combermere School, Abigail Cumberbatch; Managing Director of ConquerMaths in the United Kingdom, Richard Hunter; and a representative of the Parent Teachers’ Association.
The moderator will be Deputy General Secretary of the BUT Anthony Alleyne.
At the start of the discussion, Hunter will give a short introductory address on the theme Mathematics – An International Problem.
Education officers, curriculum planners, examiners, teachers, parents, students and all persons concerned about the status of Mathematics education in Barbados and the region are invited to attend. (BGIS)