Srinagar: The School Education Department in Baramulla has decided to develop a Mathematics Resource Bank at elementary level schools as students have started showing lukewarm response in opting for the subject in their higher secondary classes.
The department has observed that less than 10 percent of students opt for Mathematics subjects in their higher classes which has become a cause of concern for the department in grooming the students at primary and middle schools.
“Due to the unclear conceptual knowledge of Mathematics and lack of analytical and synthetic approach, students find it the most challenging subject,” reads a circular issued by the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Baramulla.
Not only in J&K but the situation is the same at the national level wherein it has been found that a very less number of students opt for Mathematics subject in class 11th.
“Mathematics as a subject chosen by students at the senior secondary level is showing a continuous downward trend. The previous National Achievement Survey also reflected poor achievement of learning outcomes in Mathematics,” the circular reads.
This is the second such initiative taken by the department to groom and prepare the students for opting for Mathematics at their senior secondary level classes.
In 2019, the authorities decided to remodel Mathematics teaching or find an alternative to the subject at the matriculation level in their attempt to stem the dropout rate of girls in government schools at the secondary level, believing many quit because of the “tough” subject.
Authorities were considering having two books of Mathematics – Standard, and General - for students up to class 10th.
General Mathematics was supposed to be a simplified version of Mathematics and students who wanted to opt for Arts or Home Science at 10+2 level would be given an option to take General Mathematics up to class 10.
The students aspiring for engineering or medicine would have to opt for Standard Mathematics.
The initiative was later shelved for reasons unknown.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Baramulla have initiated the process to augment and bridge the learning gaps in Mathematics.
“A comprehensive Mathematics development programme at the elementary level is the need of the hour. The Baramulla district will develop a Mathematics Resource Bank at the zonal and district level,” it reads.
The initiative has been taken as the department observed that Mathematics was an important ingredient of human logic and as a discipline, it had an essential role in understanding the concepts of other subjects like Science and Social Studies and the overall school curriculum.
“Mathematics offers great opportunities for students from career perspectives as well,” it said.
In this regard, the district education authorities would organise a one-day sensitisation programme with the nominated Mathematics teachers from all zones and clusters on December 22 which is observed as National Mathematics Day.