BY DAYO ADESULU
The Rivers State Government says it will promote study of Mathematics among pupils and students across the schools in the state. The Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this while receiving the students that represented the country at the 2013 Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) at the National Mathematics Centre in Abuja.
The Rivers State representatives won the National Mathematics Competition which entitled them to represent the country at the PAMO. The students took the third position in the continental competition which was won by Coted’Ivoire.
“I want to use this medium to re-affirm the State Government’s commitment in improving the study of mathematics in the state. Mathematics is the pathway to academic excellence and the need to promote the study of the subject among students will lead to technological development in the state,” she said.
The commissioner revealed that the state government will continue to retrain mathematics teachers in the state. She noted that the National Mathematics Centre trained over 100 mathematics teachers last year. She said the newly recruited mathematics teachers will undergo special training so as to meet up with the demands of the subject in the state
. “Last year, over 100 mathematics teachers were trained by the National Mathematical Centre on the new methodology in the subject. The newly recruited mathematics teachers will also undergo special training so as to meet the demands of the subject in our schools,” she stated.
She disclosed that the huge investment in education by the Amaechi administration has started yielding dividends as students in public schools are now representing the state in international competitions. She praised the students for making the state proud.
One of the students, Ogho Blessing from Government Secondary School Elekahia, Port Harcourt commended the state government for transforming the education sector in the state. Ogho who was crowned as Mathematics Queen at the PAMO Competition also thanked the Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi and the Permanent Secretary Rivers State Ministry of Education Dr.Richard Ofuru for the opportunity given to them to participate in the competition.
She stated that they will continue to do their best to be better students that the State can be proud of. The other students who also took part at the competition are Victory Friday, Oba Godsplan and Nwanochi Joyce all from the Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School, Eleme, Rivers State.