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Our curriculum makes mathematics application difficult – Ntim Fordjour

Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency, John Ntim Fordjour has registered his dissatisfaction with the Ghanaian Curriculum, describing it as theory-centered which is making Ghana lurk behind.

Speaking on Adwenekasa on Original 91.9FM on Monday, March 15, 2021, to commemorate the International Day of Mathematics which fell on Sunday, he emphasized the need to pay special attention to the teaching of mathematics and the social and economic importance of mathematics

He stated that it is essential to restructure our educational system and invest in the area of mathematics to build people’s interest in the subject and bring solutions to our problems.

“Over the years, I have studied mathematics from childhood to my adult life – over thirty years. I studied science in secondary school, and read engineering in the university and mastered the same course – it is all mathematics,” he said and continued, “How mathematics is taught is tiring. It makes its learning lazy. It is not attractive. It makes people develop the mindset it is difficult, it is for a few people,” he told Kwaku Owusu Adjei.

He added that “Some hold the assertion mathematics is not for females. For this result, someone can graduate with Ph.D. in Mathematics but when you ask the person to tell you the distance from his house to his junction, it’d be difficult.”

According to the legislator, mathematics is supposed to be practical, tangible, and life-centered unfortunately our current curriculum focuses much on the theory aspect and not how to bring solutions to our daily lives problems.

He, however, proposed incentives for mathematics teachers to serve as motivation stating the perception hold by some students that mathematics is a difficult subject should be corrected because it is untrue.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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