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Fund bane of mathematics development in Nigeria – Director

By Jacinta Nwachukwu

Professor Promise Mebine, director / general manager of the National Mathematical Center (NMC), says insufficient funding is the bane of the development of mathematics in the country.

Mebine revealed this during an on-site inspection of the 2021 Mathematical Science Olympics National Competition held in various centers across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The director, who stressed the importance of mathematics in the development of education in the country, said that given the necessary resources, the center would be able to train students to compete with their counterparts from anywhere. what other country.

He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the course of the centre’s activities.

On why some students have a phobia for the topic, Mebine said it depends on how they perceive the topic.

“The phobia of mathematics is just a perception. It is when we speak of fear, (false expression appearing to be real) ie something which is not real.

“Sometimes from the start a student has decided that this thing is hard to understand and so on, that’s where the problem lies. “

He said, however, that with the right tools in terms of teachers and books needed to learn and teach the subject matter, it would be simple.

“Math is a compulsory subject in Nigeria, so it’s not something we should think is very difficult that they can’t do it, it’s just a matter of perception,” he said. .

According to him, Olympiad is an annual national competition that involves both public and private high schools.

“This year’s competition ran simultaneously in all states except Bayelsa where schools are not in session due to the flooding.”

Also speaking, National Mathematics Center FCT Facilitator Ms. Uchechi Nwagbo said there were around 20 centers and as many as 2,500 students for the competition through the FCT.

“We expect no less than 2,500 in the FCT. We have put in place a system whereby at the time of the Olympics some schools will participate because they know what they are winning.

“Olympiad instills academic discipline in students. A child leaving for the Olympiad will prepare with full knowledge that the Olympiad is not part of our Nigerian curriculum and once you are able to progress in the Olympiad you are ready to move on to others. materials.

“Students use it for self-assessment. When you have about 30% at the Olympics, the other topics are just overhaul, ”she added. (www.)

Source: NAN

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