All primary schools to access Maths app

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May 02, 2016

Primary schools across the island will now have access to the 'Calculation Time' Mathematics application (app), which is designed to improve students' knowledge and appreciation of the subject.

The app, officially launched at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, in New Kingston, last Friday, is one of the methodologies used under the 'Calculation Time' programme, which aims to make learning Mathematics fun for students.

The programme, which is a collaborative effort between the governments of Japan and Jamaica, was first introduced to the country in 2011 in seven pilot schools. It has since been extended to 65 schools. It is incorporated into the curriculum for 15 minutes for 90 days.

Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, said the Calculation Time initiative, which also incorporates the use of songs, toys, workbooks and domino cards, is a "very innovative way to make Maths fun."

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr Grace McLean, said the initiative was introduced as a response to the need for students to develop mental prowess in working with numbers.

Links to the app are available for download to personal computers and android devices, such as tablets and phones.

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