26 Aug 2002

Concern over maths learning in Samoa

9:47 am on 26 August 2002

A senior lecturer at the National University of Samoa has expressed concern over what she says are poor school maths results.

Dr Karoline Afamasaga-Fuatai told a seminar that the state of mathematics eduction in Samoa's schools was a major worry to tertiary level teachers.

After studying results between 1996 and the year 2000, she said of the two and a half thousand Year 11 students who sat the Maths National Exam, only 14 per cent passed.

National exmainers have reported that the majority of students show a lack of basic understanding of maths operations.