Mezzomaths quiz competition launched
Mezzo House Limited, a mathematical organization, has officially launched its flagship mathematics competition for school children in Accra Thursday.
The launch coupled with the grand finale of this year’s edition of the competition was under the theme ‘mathematics, fuel for national development.’
Deputy Minister for Education Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum led the founder of Mezzo Math, Bishop Osei Akoto, former UTAG and MAG President Prof. Samuel Asiedu-Addo and other dignitaries to officially launch the competition.
The Deputy Minister said “the NPP government as part of our manifesto has committed ourselves to making Ghana a mathematics friendly nation. Mezzo Maths is leading the way and you are an organization we will partner with because you are taking the fear out of the minds of our students.”
He urged organizers of the competition to include public schools, saying “I’ve realized that invariably, under this circumstance we going to see more private schools participating. Our public schools should be part of it, and I welcome partnership with us as a ministry so that we can give an invaluable tool to use in our public schools.”
He reiterated that the Ghanaian curricula is being reformed.
He explained “from KG to primary 6, we’ve already done it and we are training teachers so that we can have a different way of teaching and learning, a way that mathematics for example will be fun, and a way to give students a voice in mathematics. It just shouldn’t be what the teacher is saying, and because I’m the teacher and I’ve written it on the board and that’s the answer.”
“No, students should be at the centre of the teaching and learning of mathematics and I believe that is what Mezzo Maths is equipping you to do,” he added.
Mrs Berty Buah, coordinator of the Regional Science, Technology, Mathematics and Innovative Education, speaking on why students fail mathematics, blamed the addiction of students to the internet and social media, saying that it is not always the fault of the teachers.
She consented that parents and guardians also create an impression to their wards, that maths is difficult.