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26.06.2008 Education

Members of Mathematical Association to construct a secretariat

By GNA
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Kumasi, June 26, GNA – Members of Mathematical Association of Ghana (MAG) are to construct a 1.2 billion Ghana Cedis Secretariat and Academic user facility project at Asuoyeboah North, near Kumasi Campus of University of Education, Winneba
The four-storey block would have 60 rooms, mathematical halls and workshops, conference rooms, computer rooms and laboratory, cafeteria, saloons and boutique.
The project expected to be completed within two years, is being financed through royalties from publications by members.
Sod cutting for the project was performed by Nana Asampong Boakye III, Asamponghene on behalf of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene at Asuoyeboa.
Mr George Abiw-Abaidoo, National President of the association said the project, in addition to being a novelty in subject association's responsibility, it demonstrated their vision to collaborate with government and other organizations to develop mathematics education.
He said the association formed in 1960 to improve the teaching of mathematics and acquaint members with new trends in the subject syllabus had over the years produced the Joint School Project (JSP) Mathematics textbooks for Secondary Schools in the 1970's and had made achievements in book writing.
Mr Abiw-Abaidoo said the association would embark on similar projects in the northern and southern sectors of the country in future and was optimistic members would contribute meaningfully to the realization of the project to commemorate the association' s Golden Jubilee celebration in 2010.
Mr Emmanuel Asamoah Owusu-Ansah, Ashanti Regional Minister in an address read on his behalf, stressed that no nation could afford to down play the role of science and mathematics education in its education policy.
He noted that effective improvement in science and mathematics were the keys to the development and sustenance of national economy, ensured industrial growth, development and efficient management of national resources.
Mr Owusu-Ansah expressing appreciation to the association for its initiative, urged other subject associations to emulate the gesture to complement government's efforts to provide quality facilities to improve the living standards of the people.
Professor Steve Sobotie, Principal of University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi Campus commended the association for its contribution to demystify teaching of mathematics.
He said mathematics was a precision subject and relied on time and Ghanaians having a problem with time ( not being time conscious) with the rebirth of mathematics “we would be conscious of what we do”.
Mr Frank Segbawu, Managing Director of Sedco-Longman representing Pearson Education pledged their commitment to support the association in its endeavour, especially on such an ambitious and noteworthy project which would establish a legacy for all mathematics professionals in future.

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