University of Cape Coast

               Dr Forster D. Ntow is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is a Ghanaian academic with extensive teaching and research experience extending over a period of a decade in a number of countries including Ghana, the USA and South Africa. Forster holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Minnesota, USA. During his PhD, he was involved in a number of major research projects such as the EngrTEAMS and Prepare2Nspire. The EngrTEAMS project focused on equipping middle school teachers with the expertise to develop STEM-integrated curricula through yearlong professional development programmes.  This project was funded by the National Research Council (NRC), USA. His role was as an instructional coach who assisted a team of teachers to develop and implement STEM-integrated lessons in their classrooms throughout an academic year. Also, he served as Project Manager and Data Analyst on another project known as Prepare2Nsipre. This project provided out-of-school mathematics mentoring and tutoring support to middle and high school students drawn primarily from underserved and underrepresented communities. In South Africa, Dr Ntow worked on a 5-year, National Research Foundation (NRF) funded project known as the Wits Maths Connect Secondary (WMCS) project. WMCS was a professional development project targeted at secondary school mathematics teachers in terms of strengthening their knowledge in mathematics and simultaneously improving the quality of instruction. This project also involved introducing teachers to the use of technology in their teaching and learning activities.

                 In Ghana, Dr Ntow has consulted widely for both national and international agencies such as UNICEF-Ghana on its Child-Friendly Schools project, the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) in the development of its Schools Certification and Licensing Policy and Plan Ghana in its review and revision of its Numeracy Pack for its MGCubed project as the Numeracy Content Specialist. Forster was part of a team of experts writing a numeracy training module for the National Teaching Council to be used in training prospective National Service Persons and untrained teachers teaching in the private schools in Ghana which will lead to the award of either a provisional or temporary teaching license.  Currently, he is the Head, of the Department of Mathematics and ICT Education, at UCC where he provides leadership in curriculum development and staff development to strongly position the department in light of its vision and mission statement.