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Mathematics: A Stumbling Block to Education; Should it be Scrapped For Students in Humanities?


Mathematics: A Stumbling Block to Education, Should it be Scrapped For Students in Humanities?


A degree in math is a professional pathway for those interested in solutions and solving real-world problems. It's an important discipline to study because many roles require a basic or advanced understanding of mathematical concepts.


It's compulsory because just like math it forms the basis of all other subjects. Making the study of those other subjects than if they were equipped with language skills in the language of instruction. Math/s is the universal language relevant in teaching/learning of all fields including art.

Mathematics has been a stumbling block to Education, many students have withdrawn from school. Others have written WASSCE Private candidates exams for so many years just to pass mathematics to meet the requirements for tertiary education.

Some students are vey good with good grades in other subjects but a fail in mathematics put them off completely, such students will have to re- sit the mathematics examination until they pass. Why should mathematics be stumbling block to students in Humanities? Students in Arts, sociology and etc. should not be prevented from further studies because they failed in mathematics. Some mathematical formulae we learned in school not applicable in our field of work.

Proponents for mathematics to be one of the major requirements to tertiary education no matter the program of study argued that, Mathematics is the language, science is written, you can't do science without mathematics. Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy. Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyze and change the world. But this is not the only reason why mathematics should be compulsory at school. Without mathematics you can't be very functional in economy and society. Mathematics is also a way of thinking; using abstract thinking to solve problems, depending on your common sense and logic.

By Nedved

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