PNG Insight is putting together an extensive mathematics exam resources for primary (Grade 8) and secondary (Grades 10 and 12). We’ll continue to provide online resources for students and teachers at this time.
Features of Math Exam Resources website (MER)
We have some great features to enhance revisions at school or home. Some of them include:
- Past Exam Papers for Grades 8, 10 and 12 students to download.
- Grades 7 and 8, 9 and 10, and 11 and 12 Core Units Outlines
- Teachers’ Mathematics resources for use as revision aids.
- Education department Apps and Links to the on-demand webpages
- Maths Examinations Tips and Guides for students at Grades 8, 10 and 12.
Click on the buttons to access the different resources available on MER
‘Close the gap’ in Mathematics
The idea is to target the examination grades and ‘close the gap’ in mathematics learning in Papua New Guinea. Read more about the Mathematics Exam Resources initiative below.
The resources include:
- PNG School Syllabus,
- Past exam papers for Grade 8, 10 and 12,
- Online Skill Tests and Feedback and
- Mathematics resources to help parents and students at each grade level. Visit the Mathematics Examination Resource home page.
Mathematics Examination Papers
- Grade 8 Mathematics Past Examination Papers
- Grade 10 Mathematics Past Examination Papers
- Advanced Mathematics (Gr 12) Past Examination Papers
- General Mathematics (Gr 12) Past Examination Papers
Close the ‘gap’
The performances of Grades 8, 10 and 12 students in mathematics external assessments in the country can be described as below average for a long time. Many students show minimal understanding of mathematical concepts as compared to the other externally examined subjects.
The annual and bi-annual national and regional assessments also showed dismal performances in mathematics. For example, the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessments (PILNA) revealed that PNG students performed well below the Pacific Island students.
And, the PNG’s pilot assessment called the Curriculum Standards Monitoring Test (CSMT), conducted in 2003 – 2004 revealed the same trend.
The cascading effects of PNG students’ lack of mathematics skill mastery often result in these dismal performances. The students’ performance in mathematics regional and national assessments is concerning.
There is no quick fix. The stakeholders and the Education Department need to acknowledge the problem. And, do something about it. The question is how do we (parents, teachers, schools and govt) help our children to do improve their mathematics skills and knowledge?
Access Mathematics Exam Resources
As mentioned, the lack of mathematics mastery at early learning and primary level, compounded with teachers’ enthusiasm and lack of resources, are among the reasons students do not do well in mathematics.
In many advanced educational settings, the universities, maths teachers and professionals are at the forefront of creating the resource for students. They do not depend solely on the govt or the education department.
Mathematics teachers are the best people to do just that – create resources in subject areas and make them available in the classrooms, schools, online or offline for students to benefit.