Numeracy skills help special kids pass maths exams

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONE hundred and ninety three special need students, who had enrolled in an intervention programme for mathematics have passed the subject in their PSR examination last year.

This was said by Acting Head of Special Education Unit Pg Sarimah Pg Hj Ahmad during her opening remarks in the National Seminar and Workshop on Numeracy 2016 yesterday.

“Early intervention is an important element to creating numeracy skills before (primary) students enter the secondary level,” said Pg Sarimah.

She added that among these students, 41 received grades between A and C and six of them also achieved an excellence award.

According to Pg Sarimah, 92 per cent of the teachers involved in the intervention programme said that the Numeracy Resource Package was an effective resource that contributed to the students’ improvement.

According to a press release, the Numeracy Resource Package which was adopted in 2015 serves as a complete reference material for Special Education Needs Assistance (SENA) teachers. It contains a worksheet for evaluation and continuous training including 30 basic mathematical skills.

The National Seminar and Workshop on Numeracy 2016 held at the Rimba II Primary School was organised by the Special Education Unit (SEU), Ministry of Education (MoE) with the aim to increase the knowledge and awareness of students who are struggling to master basic numeracy skills.

The event themed “strengthen the teaching and learning of basic numeracy” was attended by more than 400 participants including school leaders, officers from various departments within MoE, Special Education Needs Assistance (SENA) teachers and Learning Support Teachers (LST) attended the event.

During the event an invited speaker, Dr Fiona Cheam, Lead Educational Psychologist from Singapore’s Ministry of Education gave a keynote address titled “Using Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Mathematics Achievement”.

A two-day workshop will continue today at the Special Education Unit by invited consultant Suriani Othman, a Senior Curriculum Development Officer from the Mathematics Unit in Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce a variety of teaching strategies to help students in mastering essential mathematical skills, and to provide a hands-on approach in managing these students.

The Brunei Times