Reid Establishes Math Consortium to Address Performance

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says a raft of strategies and initiatives including the establishment of a Math Consortium is to be rolled out to address students’ declining performance in Mathematics at the secondary level.

The Minister made the disclosure as he announced it was all systems go for the start of the new school year which begins next Monday.

Senator Reid addressed reporters today at a Back to School press conference at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle headquarters.

In response to an almost 15-percentage point decline in passes for CSEC mathematics, Education Minister Ruel Reid has announced the formation of a Math Consortium to analyze the problem.

Speaking at a press conference today, Senator Reid revealed that the consortium is to meet ahead of the start of the new school year.

On the preparation for the start of new school year, the Education Minister expressed optimism that things were in place.

He says the first tranche of subventions under the Ministry’s new tuition fee policy has already been paid to schools with the next tranche expected in September.

The Minister says delivery of school furniture will be completed by the last week of September with critical infra-structural repairs expected to be completed within days.

The Education Ministry is also to spend $800-million to procure textbooks.