Wednesday, 11 February 2015

'Mathematics performance worrying'

The proliferation of illegal private schools, existence of an outdated curriculum and lack of attention on science subjects have emerged as major threats to the country’s quest to consolidate its position as a beacon in Africa with a flourishing education system.

The private schools were the worst performers in the November 2014 'O' level examinations.

The major worry however, is that Mathematics and science subjects, which have proven to be critical in the performance of most economies across the globe, were dismally failed.

While some have celebrated the recent 10 percent improvement in the ‘O’ level pass rate, the 21 percent pass rate in Mathematics is a cause of concern.
'Mathematics performance worrying'
What could be the solution to the low pass rates in Mathematics?

An analyst, Cleopas Kundiona believes teaching Mathematics and science subjects in vernacular languages could assist in the apprehension levels.

Apart from making use of vernacular languages in teaching Mathematics and science subjects, investment in the relevant infrastructure has been cited an area requiring urgent attention.

Most of the laboratories in many schools are ill-equipped.

According to Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavhima, a new era is beaconing for the local education system with the ongoing curriculum review being cited as a bold statement in restoring the glamour of the local critical sector.

Government has been accused of failing to deal decisively with the bogus private schools which are threatening the integrity of the local education system.

As the country forges ahead, one thing should be highlighted and that is developing a student who is relevant to the development agenda.

Vast mineral resources without quality graduates is an unhealthy situation for a country like Zimbabwe. ZBC
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