Math Task Force called to action in St Kitts-Nevis

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October 09, 2012: “A Call To Action” was the challenge issued to members of a new Math Task Force implemented on October 9th to improve student performance and teaching in Mathematics in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Math Task Force members

Dr. Leighton Narraine, Director of the Employee and Programme Development Unit at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) has been commissioned by the Minister of Education to take the lead in this effort.

A declining trend in math passes over several years for the Caribbean Region including St. Kitts and Nevis necessitated such a task force which is being strongly encouraged to Act expeditiously by (CXC).

According to CXC Registrar, Didicus Jules, the pass rate for Mathematics in the region is 33% and although in St. Kitts and Nevis exceeds that percentage by 14%, Minister Carty described the percentage as unsatisfactory.

Dr. Narraine said concerning the newly activated programme and Development Team at the CFBC, “We believe the formulation of a Mathematics Task Force would be the most effective way to respond to the “Call To Action.”

The initial composition of the Task Force includes specialists in Mathematics, Science and Curriculum Development from various educational levels of curriculum planning and delivery.

He said although the long term solution to the problem should include intervention at the earliest level, it is essential to strategize for a turn-around to the declining trend in results in the short to medium term as well.

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