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STATIN says Census-taking future hard to calculate
2012-10-18 09:27:04 | (0 Comments)
Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
STATINís Director General Sonia Jackson
Officials at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) are expressing concern about the future of census taking and other data driven activities in light of the general deficiency the country continues to face in mathematics.
The disclosure came yesterday during a Gleaner Editorsí Forum at the newspaperís Kingston office.
STATINís Director General Sonia Jackson says it is a critical issue which could affect the long-term sustainability of the entity.
She says the fact that students are staying away from mathematics is becoming a regional issue especially as it relates to the supply of statisticians and persons to work on critical data.
But with the problem threatening to affect the supply of data to the public, Jackson says STATIN is taking a proactive approach to lessen the effect.
She says STATIN has been going into schools to encourage students and show them the importance of data so that they will see the importance of mathematics.
And she says the organisation has published three handbooks on economics, demography and geography to stimulate the interest of the students who are at Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations level in secondary schools.
This year only 31.7 Jamaican students attained passes in CSEC mathematics, down from 33.2 per cent last year and 39.5 per cent in 2010.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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