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Poor Math Performance A Problem (Caribbean News)

posted Jan 15, 2017, 11:05 AM by Surendra Dhanpaul   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 11:08 AM ]
Poor Math Performance A Problem 
by Jeanneau Martelly  
A veteran educator has called on education officials across the Caribbean to address the underachievement of students in Mathematics.   Virginia Albert Poyotte says poor performance in the subject is of great concern especially at the CXC examinations level. She is urging education stakeholders to meet and discuss new ways of addressing the issue.   
This year only 33 per cent of entries for the CXC Mathematics examination achieved passes which is a further decline in performance compared with the last two years.     
“This is something that needs to be addressed by all the different parties involved. That would require Ministers of Education, representatives of CXC, Teachers Unions, and other examining boards to look at what the problem is, what must have cause of the students  performing at that low level and there are a number of measures that they would need to put in place at varying levels,” she said. CXC for its part has outlined some measures being implemented to address the issue, including the establishment of an expert working group to recommend changes in the teaching, learning and assessment of Mathematics.