Ghanaian students challenged to love mathematics and live well

Professor Sitsofe E. Anku, President of Ghana Mathematics Society, has challenged students to fully embrace mathematics to ensure efficiency in their daily activities.

He said students must have positive attitudes and creativity in studying mathematics as well as the appropriate disposition of concepts in solving practical problems.

Prof. Anku made the call at the closing session of the National Mathematics Camp 2010 in Accra on Thursday.

It was under the theme: “Understanding and Appreciating Mathematics”.

The camp was organised by Meagasa Mathematics Academy in
collaboration with Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Trust Fund.

The 150 participants, who were drawn from the 10 regions, are made up of five students and a teacher from each region for Primary 4-6, Junior and Senior High Schools (SHS).

They were taken through conceptual development of mathematics which deals with effective learning and understanding of perimeters, ratio and percentages, practical mathematics and problem solving in mathematics with the quest to make learning of mathematics easy.

Prof. Anku said the camp paid special attention to students with peculiar problem in mathematics and how they could learn and practice the subject effectively, adding, opportunities were provided to students to study mathematics.

He encouraged all students to join mathematics clubs in their schools to serve as a focal point to appreciate mathematics.

“There is going to be a national mathematics road show which would tour the country from October this year to expand, nurture and enhance the practice of mathematics”, he said.

Prof. Anku appealed to government and other cooperate institutions to support the programme.

The participants noted that the camp had broadened their understanding of mathematics as a subject and thanked the organisers for a good work done.

The facilitators appealed to Regional and District Directors of Education to sponsor teachers for such programmes.

Certificates were presented to the participants.

Source: GNA

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