I’ll ensure the number of WASSCE candidates failing Maths reduce – Education Minister. Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has promised to deal with the dip in the pass rate in Mathematics and to ensure that WASSCE candidates pass the fearful subject with flying colours.
According to him, he will ensure that the pass rate under his watch does not see a dip as far as the Mathematics Subject was concerned. Speaking on the back of the release of the WASSCE results on Wednesday, December 8 2021, where the exams body said 54.11 per cent passed in mathematics in 2021 as against the 65.71 per cent, Mr Adutwum said as a Maths teacher he will ensure that the dip in pass rate was dealt with.
“Actually, the average is 60 per cent, certain subjects [rate] went up, others dipped but if you put it on average it is still 60 per cent.
“So, if you look at English for example, there was a dip, mathematics there was a dip but Integrated Science saw the huge jump and Social Studies saw an increase and so overall, the average is still 60 per cent.
“ But on the other hand” he added “I just want to assure you that Mathematics should not see a dip in my time as somebody who has taught mathematics. So we are going to look at what went wrong and what we can do, which school did so well and then we are going to look at how best to ensure that we move up.”
“The good news is that two years in a row, we had in the core subjects seen 50 per cent plus pass rate which means more students will then qualify to go to the university because in the past years, what happened was, you may have 70 per cent or 80 per cent pass in social studies, and mathematics is 33 per cent.”
“Because mathematics is 33 per cent, you can’t have more than 33 per cent of the students going to the university. So, if English is 30 per cent, even if all the subjects are 70per cent, you can’t have more than 30 per cent going to the university.
“The moment you move English and Mathematics up then you are guaranteed a higher rate of entry into the universities. So this is good news for the country.”