‘New curriculum will make Ghana Mathematics friendly’ – NaCCA

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment unit (NaCCA) under the Ministry of Education has assured that the introduction of the new curriculum for basic schools in the country will break the age-old myth of difficulties in studying Mathematics in schools.

According to Dr. Prince Armah, incoming Executive Secretary at NaCCA, the modalities in the new curriculum have been fashioned in a way that will place Ghana as one of the Mathematics friendly countries around the globe. Educationists continue to call for the demystification of the teaching and learning of Mathematics in schools to stem the alarming rates at which students fail the subject.

They also argue that the subject must be understood and made relevant with its concepts taught in direct relation to the practical problems of the day.

Speaking on the Point of View on Monday, Dr. Prince Armah said “Mathematics has been taught in a way that is procedural, algorithmic and computational with only one answer.  So the approach that this curriculum takes is within the context of problem solving and investigation.”

“We are allowing children to learn Mathematics in a more experiential way, being investigative and applying Mathematics to everyday context. Over the years,  we have the subject so immutable and far away. What this Curriculum does is to make it more experiential and connecting the empirical world more with the real number systems so that they {students} don’t have to imagine. Making students love observatory Mathematics is what we have emphasized. With this Curriculum we want to make Ghana Mathematics friendly”, he added.

The New Curriculum 

The new curriculum is expected to come into force from September 2019.

The country is revising the educational policy and curriculum to put it on par with modern standards by making teaching and learning more effective.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation said the new the curriculum will better prepare pupils in school to meet global challenges.

He said the new curriculum will focus on making Ghanaian children confident innovative, creative thinkers, digitally literate and well-rounded patriotic citizens.

“Mathematics, Science, Reading, Writing and creativity are therefore the heart of this new curriculum,” he said.

By: Nii Larte Lartey | citinewsroom.com |Ghana | nlartelartey@gmail.com