By Dayo Adesulu and Emmanuel Elebeke
In a move aimed at stemming the growing mass failure in secondary schools, the McLiLyVille Consulting last week in collaboration with the Lagos State ministry of education, demonstrated its resolve in tackling the fear of mathematics among secondary school students.
In what it called a proactive plan to arrest the scenario of negative perception about mathematics among the Nigerian youths and to arouse their morale about mathematics, the group organized a freeÂ mathematics clinic in Alimosho Senior Grammar school, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos for all secondary school students in the education zone of the area.
The programme was aimed at demystifying the difficulty and fear of students particularly those who are weak in solving mathematics about mathematics, being one of the basic requirements for any meaningful future pursuit of every child.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Agarana Micheal said â€œwe are not hear to teach them mathematics but to arouse their interest in solving mathematics. To prove to them that it is easy to solve maths and explain to them the importance of the subject to their future career.
â€œOur aim is to make sure that our youths at this level become maths experts, and with that, the country can benefit inÂ science and technology advancement, because there is no way we can become great, if we are not good in science and technology.â€
He said Nigeriaâ€™s dream of actualizing Vision 2020 20 will remain a mirage unless, we begin now to invest and develop our manpower and technology know-how, describing it as prerequisite to the attainment of Vision 2020 20.
He argued further that ones the nation is weak in terms of mathematics and science competence, it would be difficult to make an appreciable progress, especially in todayâ€™s world, where science and technology has become a major driver of the economy.
In a recent study conducted by the group, to ascertain the attitude of studentsÂ in Lagos state and theÂ cause of mass failure in mathematics, theÂ McLiLyVille Consulting boss said some students are weak in maths because they belief that they canâ€™t solve a maths problem in an examination without help, due to the wrong perception that it is difficult.
According ti him, over 80 percent of secondary school students in Lagos state alone are weak in mathematics. Teachers were not exonerated in this scenario, as according to him, most mathematics teachers were either half bakes or are wrong spades in square holes.
Meanwhile, some teachers who spoke at the programme, blamed the problem of mathematics among students on inadequateÂ infrastructure and instructional facilities; lack of convulsive environment; lack of home training; get rich quick syndrome; wrong advice and corruption in the society as well as impersonation in examinations.
Some students who also spoke on the dwindlingÂ interest of students on mathematics said government can reduce the burden of teachers by building more class room blocks, employing more qualified maths teachers and instituting disciplinary policies that would whip the students in line.