Jalingo—The Taraba government yesterday commenced training of its staff with a view to tackling the phobia for mathematics and science- based subjects.
Mr Buba-Joda Mafindi, the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, disclosed this in Jalingo at the opening of a sensitisation programme for stakeholders on Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education, SMASE.
According to him, the initiative will remove the fear of learning and teaching of mathematics.
“We observed with dismay that mathematics has now become like a dreaded disease, not only to students but also to some teachers.
“Consequently, it becomes necessary for us to organise this programme which, I believe, will improve both learning and teaching of mathematics and science subjects.
“These approaches will give teachers better understanding of the subjects so that they can teach their students in a more friendly way,” he said.
Mafindi said participants in the training programme were SMASE stakeholders drawn from the 16 council areas of the state.
Earlier, the Director, Quality Assurance Unit of SUBEB, Mrs Monica Bukuni, said efforts had reached advanced stage to establish zonal implementation committees and centres for the programme.
She said if the SMASE programme was vigorously implemented, it would be pivotal to Nigeria’s technological advancement.