By Dayo Adesulu
The whole world stood still for Master Dieko Elebiju recently when he emerged the best in world mathematics competition to rekindle hope in the education sector and to also serve as encouragement to stakeholders in the sector.
As already known, students all over the world especially in Nigeria, are shying away from mathematics.
To revise this trend which is definitely inimical to the progress in sciences, 3P Learning, a world acclaimed Mathematics e-learning â€˜Mathleticsâ€™ Organisation, based in the UK, has for years now been organizing Mathematics Competition for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years all over the world on World Mathematics Day.
On 3rd March 2010, 1,133,246 (One million one hundred and thirty-three thousand, two hundred and forty-six) students out of 56,082 (Fifty-six thousand and eighty-two) schools from 235 (Two hundred & thirty-five) countries all over the world took part to break the world record in mathematics and answered 479,732,613 (four hundred and seventy-nine million, seven hundred and thirty-two thousand, six hundred and thirteen) questions correctly in 24 hours.
Two hundred and sixty-five (265) students of Ladybird Nursery/Primary School, Gbagada Phase II â€“ Lagos were among the contestants. The top scorers in this competition were nine outstanding students of Ladybird Nursery/Primary School who were awarded gold certificates for answering correctly more than 4,000 (Four thousand) questions.
Among the nine schools that participated in Nigeria, Ladybird student, Master Dieko Elebiju (8-year-old) scored the highest points of 13,880 (Thirteen thousand eight hundred & eighty). This exercise was done through the Internet.
Similarly,Â as part of efforts geared towards making students develop interest in mathematics as a way of enhancing the learning of sciences in our secondary schools as no nation can develop without mathematics, early this year, a non governmental organisation MCLILYVILLE , an education consulting firm in collaboration with Lagos State government organised a Mathematics Clinic for SS1 students in Lagos mainland.
The clinic tagged No Maths No Vision 2020 brought together over 50 teachers and 500 students from different schools in Lagos mainland. The clinic is to make the students develop interest in maths as a way of realising the Vision 2020 project of the federal government. Mr N.CÂ Ojarana Coordinator of the maths clinic noted that, no matter the weakness of any person in maths when the individual develop interest in the subject and the teacher, he will definitely do well in it.
According to Ojarana, coordinator of the maths clinic, the programme was aimed at reaching out to weak students in mathematics, create the right atmosphere for the study of maths, ensure the credibility for the virtues of maths in the secondary schools and to appropriate degree of awareness which will in no distant time ensure anticipated attitudinal change for maths students among others.
Ojarana pointed out that most of the countries that are developed today hinged their development to science and there is no country that is good in science without being good in maths. According to him â€œrecords from a recent research by the firm revealed that about 80% of our students are not good in maths so this maths clinic is our own way of contributing to the development of mathematics in the land.â€ he reiterated.