IRI Mathematics programme for impact assessment in 2017

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The Ministry of Education will be assessing the Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) Mathematics programme with the aim of improving its delivery, GINA said.

Acting Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson
Acting Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson

Acting Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson in a recent interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), said that a review of the programme by Mathematics experts from the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) found that there needs to be improvement in the delivery of the programme.

There will be a concentration of training teachers to effectively deliver the programme and this will be undertaken in the new year, GINA quoted Hutson as saying.

Hutson noted that teachers’ review of the IRI programme is mixed, and that an assessment to determine the impact of the programme to improve mathematics performance at the primary level will be undertaken in 2017.

The IRI programme was introduced in the primary education system in 2006 for Grades One to Three. The CEO admits that “there was a kind of slackening” in the programme since. Hutson added that an examination of introducing the IRI programme to Grades Five and Six is also being considered.

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