Ghana not progressing because students fear maths – Examiner reveals

A Chief Examiner for mathematics in the Ashanti Region, Mr Stephen Appiah has attributed the underdeveloped state of the country to the fear Ghanaian students have for mathematics and other subjects that involve calculations.

The Examiner made the comments speaking at a workshop for Junior High School (JHS) teachers in Kumasi on how their students can answer mathematics questions and pass the subject in the impending 2021 BECE for School exams.

“If we want to develop as a country we must look at the Mathematical base as Mathematics is the total development of everything,” Mr Stephen Appiah Debrah told the Junior High School, mathematics teachers.

Explaining why the majority of candidates fail the calculation subject in Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), he said most students have a wrong perception of Math which automatically makes them dislike the subject.

Advising students preparing to sit for the 31st edition of the WAEC examination, the mathematician encouraged them to keep learning the subject as it is part of their daily lives adding that is one of the easiest subjects to pass in BECE.

“Mathematics is not difficult, irrespective of the course area you pursue, mathematics is required”, Mr Stephen stated.

The Chief Examiner also urged teachers to teach mathematics in a practical way that will help students easily understand the subject many Ghanaians have described as difficult and hard to pass.

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