Government has engaged into an extensive training of mathematics teachers in order to improve the performance of pupils in the subject.
Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood spokesperson Hillary Chipango said government has since launched a fast track programme in conjunction with DMI St. Eugene University.
Mr. Chipango said this is in order to upgrade the qualifications of mathematics teachers countrywide.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Chipango said teachers with certificates have been accorded an opportunity to upgrade to diploma level while those with diplomas are supposed to obtain degrees.
He said currently, over 2,000 teachers are being sponsored and are undergoing extensive training at DMI St .Eugene University.
Mr. Chipango further said the Ministry of Education is also sponsoring some mathematics students at the University of Zambia in order to improve the situation.
“The Ministry of Education has put in place major mitigation factors aimed at improving the poor performance in mathematics by pupils. It is not only mathematics teachers that are being trained but science teachers as well,” he said.
Government was very concerned about the poor performance in mathematics among school going children.
The Zambia Association For Mathematics has attributed the declining levels in performance to among other things, the change in the school curriculum.
Recently, the association held a national conference in Livingstone that attracted over 350 mathematics teachers to discuss challenges that they are facing with regard to the change in the school curriculum.