Education officials to review Mathematics teaching methods

mathematicsEducation officials here will in the coming school year review teaching methods and provide training for Mathematics teachers to improve delivery and effectiveness in the classroom.

There was an improvement in performance by Dominican students in Mathematics compared to previous years at the CSEC Examinations but officials have their sights set on even greater results in the coming years.

Minister for Education, Petter Saint Jean, said training for teachers in Mathematics will be provided. “Under the Dominica Education Enhancement Project, we are providing training in Mathematics for five teachers at the Bachelor’s Degree level and have expended about $347,000 on Mathematics resources and consultancies,” he said.

He pointed out that methods will include “an initiative at the grade 2 level which is equipping teachers with the training, resources, supervision and support and school-based instructional framework to effectively deliver instruction in Mathematics.”

This intervention is expected to improve student achievement in Mathematics in Primary education.

Government will also seek in the new school year to strengthen technical and vocational skills.

“The introduction of Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ’s) in Secondary Schools in this academic year 2013/2014 is in keeping with our renewed focus on TVET.  All of this falls in line with our vision in the Ministry of Education that each child succeeds,” Saint Jean said.

He said this is the government’s commitment towards students access to high quality education.

“The necessary structures are being put in place to ensure that they attain the levels of success that prepare them for productive lives in a competitive global environment,” he stated.

The Roosevelt Skerrit Administration has invested a significant amount of resources at all levels of the education system, according to Saint Jean.

“From early childhood development where we have ensured that every child receives age appropriate instructions through to higher education and training where we have provided support for young Dominicans, averaging some five million dollars over the past five years,” he said.

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  1. Del
    September 5, 2013

    they not employ thosee person wiyh the best grade in the subject

  2. Interested?
    September 5, 2013

    That’s a good idea. I suffered tremendously due to my poor background in mathematics after leaving home. I was terrified of math and never sat the external exams prior to graduating from high school. I learned math in my first year of college. Push forward and make it right my people.

    • September 5, 2013

      Same here with me. I left high school with a three. At that time it was a pass. Thanks a brilliant teacher and a determination to do thing right, I wrote the exxamination some years later and got a gr

      • September 5, 2013

        *grade one with A’s in all profile. I made a alot of side notes in my own words. By doing so, I was able to relate to the material at a later date.

  3. 2 CuTe
    September 5, 2013

    not mathematics method alone..I am curious as to why is The Dominica Grammar School Students are not excelling as they use to ? All those children cannot that stupid…

    • 2 CuTe
      September 5, 2013


    • Roger Burnett
      September 5, 2013

      You’re right, it is not mathmatics alone.

      For the few secondary schools that offer Visual Arts at CXC level (or any level for that matter)the results are, for the most part, appalling. This year, with the exception of three Grade 2’s, we are down to 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. Last year was no better.

      From my experience, this is not the fault of the students, but flawed tuition and an ambiguous syllabus.

      Given the fact that at least 25% of all students are creatively, rather than academically inclined, this state of affairs demands urgent attention.

  4. Huh
    September 5, 2013

    I don’t understand this country, I recently applied to teach High School Mathematics and I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. Yet still I was told I was on the successful list of candidates waiting to be called but there are no vacancies. I don’t understand why invest in sending people to study Mathematics when we are unable to utilize those that arevin the country that already possess a degree in Mathematics.

    • Jim JOnes
      September 5, 2013

      They employ their dunce cronies, thats what they do. This government does not recruit qualified people, the recruit based on who you know or who you slept with. Why do you think the private schools do better, they have better teachers. “Is my parl rep that send me’. Utter rubbish!!!
      I do not have my child in the government system, I do not want him to fall through the cracks.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 5, 2013

      Sorry to say, Mathematics, graduating with it alone will not get anyone anywhere. You will have to try to get a job which requires only mathematics.

    • Tri-State Beauty
      September 6, 2013

      @ HUH let me first commend you on your studies in a discipline that can be so scary to most. Have you given any thought to working as an Acutary? The Stastical dept would be a good place to take your application at this time. Honestly one of the things plaguing the education system in Dominica is the fact we have too many people employed,even with degrees who can’t understand how to co-relate areas of study to employment.

      This is widespread in many areas, I recall graduating CHS and girls who had done Physics, Chem & Bio, even with poor grades were employed in banks,while the business students were languishing. Further to that those of us who persued Natural Science were even more hard pressed to get jobs in fields that would put us on the path to continuing studies. Even applying for scholarships, grants, loans you would be turned down because somebody had the audacity of an ox to tell you, that area of study was not needed. We lack foresight at every turn and keep failing our children, when we have human resource wilting away. Don’t despair, and best wishes with your job search.

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