The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) is to introduce free software to simplify the study of mathematics and science in Ghana.
It comes a few days after Education Minister Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman urged teachers to demystify mathematics after it emerged at the 2016 Annual Education Sector Review conference revealed that students continued to perform poorly in the subject.
Speaking to journalists, a former vice chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, and a member of the Board of Trustees of AIT, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, said the initiative, expected to be rolled out September 2017, will minimise the number of students in the country needing remedial classes to improve their grades, especially in mathematics, after leaving high school.
“Why are the students going to remedial schools? Because they are not doing very well, they are not having the resources. If you give them all the resources they need to do mathematics in a serious high school, the only way you will fail will be because you don’t read them. Some of these remedial schools don’t have the resources, they find a lecturer to sit down and teach them. But no, things have changed, so I think we will take the lead and we will not wait for government because we know how to do it and we think we can do it for free and I am sure all other people will follow [suit] and then the whole thing will change and our high schools will be using technological resources, which are for free and then when they come to the university, they will certainly be used to that and more importantly, I think their performance will improve,” he stated.
Professor Anamuah-Mensah also urged students to use technology profitably.
“Ghanaian youth are very much into technology now but what bothers me is that they are not using it for what I will call things that are productive. Most of them use the smartphone for just talking and SMS, but you can use the smartphone to access the Internet to learn everything that you want to learn on this earth. In fact, these days, you don’t have to go to the university to go to the university. Everything you need to know for every programme is on the Internet. I think the youth must use their smartphones for more than just listening to music, SMS and a lot of talking, but they can use it to learn a lot and I think it is going to change. If you teach them that this smartphone in your hands is a learning device, it’s an access to resources all over the world free of charge, I think they will change, I think things will transform in this country,” he noted.