General Mathematics Paper 2, May/June. 2015

Candidates' Weakness

The Chief Examiner reported that candidates showed significant weakness in the following areas:

  1. Premature approximation
  2. Omission of essential details and units
  3. Inability to write answers to the required degree of accuracy
  4. Inability to apply mathematical principles correctly
  5. Not representing given information in appropriate diagrams
  6. Circle Geometry and its applications
  7. Geometrical construction
  8. Mensuration
  9. Interpretation/solution to  word problems
  10. Reading from graphs
  11. Logical reasoning

The following remedies were suggested by the Chief Examiner:

  1. Candidates were encouraged to cover all the topics in the syllabus while preparing for the examination
  2. Teachers as well as candidates were encouraged to put in more effort in studying geometry.
  3. Teachers were encouraged to use instructional materials during lesson so as to re-enforce the learning of mathematical concepts
  4. Candidates were encouraged to adhere to the rubrics of the question especially with regards to the use of calculators and degree of accuracy
  5. Candidates were encouraged to avail themselves of past WASSCE General Mathematics questions.
  6. Teachers were encouraged to participate in the Main coordination meeting
  7. Candidates were encouraged to read through the questions carefully so as to understand its demands before answering them
  8. Teachers were encouraged to emphasize these weak areas during instruction and lead them to appreciate the application of Mathematical concepts in everyday living