15 schools receive Calculation Time awards
Jamaica Public Service (JPS) shareholder Marubeni on Thursday awarded 15 primary schools for their commendable performance in the Japanese-developed Mathematics programme called Calculation Time.
The programme, a collaborative effort between the Government of Japan and Jamaica’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was designed to assist students at the primary level gain a better understanding of maths with the aid of games, toys, music, dots and other non-traditional tools. It was administered in pre- and post-test phases to students from 65 schools who were ranked based on their performance in both tests. The 15 schools with the highest grades following both tests were rewarded with monetary prizes for school-related supplies. They are: Kensington Primary, McIntosh Memorial Primary, Alpha Primary, Enfield Primary and Junior High, Farm Primary and Junior High, St Andrew Primary, Steer Town Primary and Junior High, Kitson Town All- Age, Boundbrook Primary, Seaward Primary and Junior High, Marverley fPrimary and Junior High, Brompton Primary, John Rollins Success Primary, Catadupa Primary and Junior High, and Port Henderson Primary.
Calculation Time is now available free of cost in the form of an app at https://goo.gl/aSuP71.
Tatsuya Ozono, President & CEO of Marubeni Caribbean Power Inc, thanked the maths teachers for the support shown with the programme and added, “Maths is very important as it is the language of science.”
Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO, JPS, lauded the students and encouraged them to, “…be the best version of yourselves”. She also stated that many people have been taught maths the wrong way. However, we should “…try to avoid the ‘Mad Myths of Math’ which promulgate that: 1. Maths is miserably hard, 2. Maths is not accessible and 3. Maths is boring.”
For his part, Minister of Education Ruel Reid said the initiative “shows that we can leverage technology to teach”.
“We have a responsibility to excite our students. Learning needs to be fun. It can’t be approached in a way that causes our students to lose interest,” he said.
Calculation Time was first introduced in Jamaica in 2011 with Marubeni Caribbean Power Inc as the main affiliate of the project on behalf of Japan. Kyoko Machida, a Mathematics teacher who has worked in Japan and Singapore for 37 years and is a senior volunteer of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been working out of the Core Curriculum Unit at the ministry and travels to primary schools to teach students how to use the programme.