By Dayo Adesulu
Nigerian students have been advised to embrace the beauty of mathematics and break the phobia for the subject and appreciate its importance and relevance as a discipline
Proprietor of Excel College, Lady K. O. Oke, who was speaking during the inauguration of the state-of-the-art mathematics laboratory build by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the school, described mathematics as fun and beautiful; and very important for sound reasoning.
According to her, “mathematics is a necessary must for future development because it is among the many subjects offered by students from elementary to tertiary levels of education; and has become a staple in the country’s educational system as it is all over the world.
“Mathematics is an integral part of most students’ combination in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and forms part of most organisations’ screening test for job placement in Nigeria. Furthermore, over 75 percent of all jobs require proficiency in simple logic and algebra, either as a training programme or as part of a licensure examination. It is thus obvious that the discipline is a necessary must for all students.”
“We acknowledge a few of the challenges students have, including finding Mathematics too abstract, boring and difficult to follow. We are glad that through the effort of our PTA, our school we has a Mathematics Laboratory to make the subject lively, enjoyable and invoke further quantitative reasoning by our students.”
Continuing, she said, the facility is designed to improve the quality of mathematics learning and teaching by stimulating interest and develop favourable altitudes towards mathematics. This will demystify the notion that mathematics is difficult and abstract.
The facility is resourced with an electronic board, manipulative materials, interactive board and laptops for the teachers.
“We are delighted we have mathematics learning model today. This model supports all mathematics students by creating a community of mathematics learners within the school,” she said.
Lady Oke pointed out that the potent combination of Mathematics with Computer in modern education has made Excel College to modernise and reorganise its Computer and Information Communication Technology (ICT) laboratories.
Mr. Henry Ewere, chairman of the PTA, while urging the students to take full advantage of the mathematics laboratory to advance their grades, said the facility is strategic in the association’s commitment to assisting the children to achieve best results in their academics.
“I see it as a platform that will help the children remove the phobia for mathematics and make them have fun while learning. We are happy for the innovation,” he said.