New maths programme will strengthen Israel

World ORT and the Israeli Ministry of Education have joined forces yet again – this time with a maths programme which aims to put the country at the forefront of maths education in the world.

The multi-million-shekel training programme will see 200 maths teachers receive enhanced skills over the next two years through World ORT Kadima Mada courses at the Technion, Ben Gurion and Bar Ilan Universities, and universities in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.

The teachers will use the methods they learn to reverse the 30 per cent decline in the number of high schoolers taking the full five units of maths for matriculation. Only 10 per cent of Israeli teenagers leave school with five-unit maths – a situation which means poorer career and earning prospects as well as potentially harming the national economy.

“Expanding the study of mathematics at five units is crucial for the development of human capital,” said Education Minister Naftali Bennett. “Studies show large differences in wages between students who studied four units to their colleagues who studied five units. There’s also a social message – we will invest more in the periphery, in the Arab and Charedi communities, and everyone will have an equal opportunity to succeed. “

Hebrew speakers can read more here: http://edu.gov.il/…/five/…/mathematics-teacher-training.aspxm

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