The Centre for Excellence in Mathematics (CEMATHS) has held a maiden clinic for basic and second cycle school students in Accra, to help them develop interest in the study of Maths.
The clinic was supervised by 20 teachers drawn from different senior high schools.
The Chairman of the board and Co-Founder of CEMATHS, Professor Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, told the Junior Graphic that the purpose of the clinic was to prop up Maths geniuses among Ghanaian children and minimise the phobia they have for the subject.
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He said the CEMATHS was under the distinguished patronage and vision of the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, who saw mathematics as a powerful tool for national, technological and economic development.
Prof. Ofori-Dankwa indicated that the CEMATHS was achieveing it’s purpose of whipping up the interest of students and pupils in the subject as a result of the different models it uses.
Mathematics, he said, should be taught in a friendly way and commended the participants of the maiden class for the progress so far achieved.
Prof. Ofori-Dankwa explained that participants were put into various groups with a teacher acting as a father to help the students to study.
“These ‘fathers’ help to explain into details whatever the pupils and students do not understand until they grasp it.
Students are also assessed at the beginning and end of each week to know how fast they were picking up the topics they are taught,” he said.
He said the teachers would follow up on the students in their various schools to know how they have improved.
Prof. Ofori-Dankwa added that the centre was making arrangements with the management of the St Paul’s Anglican Senior High School at La in Accra to have the clinic in the school every Saturday.
“Maths is not difficult if you think of it,” he said and advised students to apply Maths every day in whatever they do.
One of the lead facilitators of the clinic, Mr Collins Sackitey Osei, said mathematics was supposed to be taught in a very friendly environment to make understanding faster and easier for the learner.
Some of the students who took part in the maths clinic expressed their gratitude to the teachers and urged their mates to join.
Other students also told the Junior Graphic that mathematics was one of the core subjects they feared but the teachers had made it easier for them to understand the principles because of the activities included in the tutorials.
A Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Ghana, Dr Yaa Cole is in charge of curricular content at the clinic, while Dr Johnson Yeboah, a former Nuclear Physicist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission is a Co-Founder of CEMATHS.