## About Course

RATIONALE FOR TEACHING MATHEMATICS

Development in almost all areas of life is based on effective knowledge of science and mathematics. There simply cannot be any meaningful development in

virtually any area of life without knowledge of science and mathematics. It is for this reason that the education systems of countries that are concerned about their

development put great deal of emphases on the study of mathematics. The main rationale for the mathematics syllabus is focused on attaining one crucial goal: to

enable all Ghanaian young persons to acquire the mathematical skills, insights, attitudes and values that they will need to be successful in their chosen careers

and daily lives. The new syllabus is based on the premises that all students can learn mathematics and that all need to learn mathematics. The syllabus is

therefore, designed to meet expected standards of mathematics in many parts of the world. Mathematics at the Senior High school (SHS) in Ghana builds on the

knowledge and competencies developed at the Junior High School level. The student is expected at the SHS level to develop the required mathematical

competence to be able to use his/her knowledge in solving real life problems and secondly, be well equipped to enter into further study and associated vocations

in mathematics, science, commerce, industry and a variety of other professions.

GENERAL AIMS

To meet the demands expressed in the rationale, the SHS Core Mathematics syllabus is designed to help the student to:

1. Develop the skills of selecting and applying criteria for classification and generalization.

2. Communicate effectively using mathematical terms, symbols and explanations through logical reasoning.

3. Use mathematics in daily life by recognizing and applying appropriate mathematical problem-solving strategies.

4. Understand the process of measurement and use appropriate measuring instruments.

5. Develop the ability and willingness to perform investigations using various mathematical ideas and operations.

6. Work co-operatively with other students in carrying out activities and projects in mathematics.

7. Develop the values and personal qualities of diligence, perseverance, confidence, patriotism and tolerance through the study of mathematics

8. Use the calculator and the computer for problem solving and investigations of real life situations

9. Develop interest in studying mathematics to a higher level in preparation for professions and careers in science, technology, commerce, industry

and a variety of work areas.

10. Appreciate the connection among ideas within the subject itself and in other disciplines, especially Science, Technology, Economics and

Commerce