Friday 22 November, 2019

Sterling Asset funds Mico University math education programme

Chief Education Officer Dr. Grace McLean (standing left) bears witness to the signing of the MOU with (from left) pro-chancellor of The Mico University College Neville Ying, CEO and President of Sterling Asset Management Charles Ross and Principal of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock. Also looking on is Sharon Bogues - Wolfe, Director of Alumni Affairs at the Mico University College.

Chief Education Officer Dr. Grace McLean (standing left) bears witness to the signing of the MOU with (from left) pro-chancellor of The Mico University College Neville Ying, CEO and President of Sterling Asset Management Charles Ross and Principal of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock. Also looking on is Sharon Bogues - Wolfe, Director of Alumni Affairs at the Mico University College.

Investment firm, Sterling Asset Management is continuing its mandate to seeing improved Mathematics training in Jamaica through its continued support of The Mico University College Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP).

 Having sponsored Phase I, Sterling Asset Management on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and provided another $500,000 in funding towards Phase II of the programme which is an intervention to address teacher- learner deficits at the primary level in schools in Jamaica.

“We are particularly pleased to be supporting the second phase of this programme and in particular the teaching of mathematics. With an engineering and finance background, Mathematics is close to my heart and I know the importance of a good foundation and primary education is the foundation of our education system so it really is important for us to strengthen that area,” said Charles Ross, President and CEO of Sterling Asset Management.

The International Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) was developed by the Centre of Innovation in Mathematics Teaching at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom based on International best practices observed in mathematically high achieving countries such as Hungary, Finland, Singapore, Russia and Japan.

President of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, said that The Mico University, through the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (CCEMaT), is the first to pilot this project in the Caribbean and saw great success in Phase 1 of the programme.

“We have now moved from 5 to 8 schools and reaching a total of 80 teachers at the Primary level. We have seen some improvement in Phase 1 hence encouragement for Phase 2. We are well aware of the foundation of the students and therefore we are looking at that as our mantra,” Pinnock said.

Phase 2 of the programme will see the development of a primary mathematics enhancement programme to improve mathematics teaching at the primary level and is designed to improve students’ performance in mathematics in eight primary schools namely: Allman Town Primary, Clan Carthy Primary, Devon Primary, John Mills Primary Junior High and Infant, Mount Olivet Primary, Mineral Heights Primary, Elletson Primary and Windward Road Primary.

“We are pleased and grateful to Sterling Asset Management for coming on board again and have proven that they are now putting their money where their value system is. So as we train leaders of tomorrow, we are mindful of the impact of teachers on the generations to come,” Pinnock said.

At the end of the pilot project, Pinnock said a comparative analysis will be done with control groups in order to ascertain insight of the impact of the MEP on primary mathematics in Jamaica. The programme is a collaborative initiative between CCEMaT, Plymouth University in the United Kingdom and Sterling Asset Management. The programme is expected to be piloted for three years ending in 2020.

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