From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Worried by students’ abysmal performance in Mathematics and other science related subjects in O’level exams and JAMB, the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) have reviewed its approaches and had begun a project that would end such poor performance.
NMC Director General, Prof. Stephen Onah, who divulged the information at a meeting of maths stakeholders in Abuja, highlighted that the project, Mathematics Improvement Project (MIP), would adopt the use of maths kit, software and modules in simplifying the subject, in addition to the establishment of laboratories for practical engagement.
He was optimistic that the listed measures and others that would be added in the course of the project would eliminate the phobia for maths, particularly among the younger generations.
Onah said that states government involvement in the project was in the provision of funds and other needed logistics, while NMC headquarters in Sheda, Abuja, is under obligation to provide resource persons and teaching aids.
He further explained that MIP, in its first two years, would champion the course of retraining maths teachers with emphasis on innovative assessment techniques and effective teaching strategies that will include ICT awareness.
Other areas of focus would be to provide resource materials, including teaching modules and basic concepts in difficult areas in maths.