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Toronto, April 8 (CINEWS): For all those South Asian parents who’ve routinely grumbled about the low emphasis the school system places on math, this may just be music to their ears.
The Ontario government is promising $60 million toward improving math education for elementary school students, a move that includes a new mandatory minimum of an hour of math class each day.
Education Minister Liz Sandals announced the plan for a “renewed math strategy” at a downtown Toronto elementary school Monday morning.
The 60-minute math minimum will apply to students in Grades 1 through to Grade 8 and is one of several new initiatives the province is promising.
Others include having up to three math lead teachers at all elementary schools, math support for students in Grade 6 through Grade 9 outside the school day and more opportunities for teachers to improve their math teaching skills through a dedicated math P.A. day.
Sandals says the renewed strategy is based on the latest research available and the province’s previous efforts to improve literacy.
“While Ontario’s math results are quite good compared to other jurisdictions, we know that we have more to do,” said Sandals in a news release following the announcement.
In a 2012 study, Ontario students performed at the Canadian average in math, but EQUA testing scores for Grade 3 students and Grade 6 students went down four and seven per cent between testings in 2009 and 2013.