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SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, (THEWILL) - More than 200 teachers in Cross River State are attending the first cycle training of Mathematics and Science teachers in public schools.

Tagged, Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE), the two-week long workshop is a collaboration of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Japan International Corporation Agency.

Declaring the workshop open, Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Ntufam Joseph Ebam explained that the workshop is intended to provide in-service training for primary school teachers at the basic education level.

According to Ebam, the project commenced on a pilot basis in Niger, Kaduna and Plateau States in 2006, and was completed in 2009.

“The project, which is a federal government initiative, has been scaled up to Cross River as one of the non-pilot states,” he added. “Enhancing positive attitude towards teaching, generally, and Mathematics and Science in particular, is the target of the first phase of the workshop.”

He maintained that one of the main objectives of SMASE is to train teachers on the use of available resources to perform classroom activities, especially in impoverished areas where equipment and tools for classroom activities are inadequate.

Ebam expressed worries over the state of Mathematics and Science Education in the country, saying there is a “staggering decline” in the performance of learners at all levels education.

He promised the board’s continued sponsorship of trainings and Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) workshops for the overall development of the school system.

Also speaking, Mr. Mark Toscanini of the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, identified with the training of mathematics and science teachers, describing it as “critical.”