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MATHEMATICS MOST VULNERABLE SUBJECT - SAM ALE
« on: September 14, 2008, 09:21:55 AM »
Director General, National Mathematical Centre (NMC) Abuja, Professor Sam Ale, has noted that mathematical sciences education appears the most vulnerable, especially at the secondary school level, where proper foundation for its future advancement is to be laid.

He said this was why the Federal Ministry of Education-sponsored capacity building workshops for mathematical teachers have become very important and must be appreciated by all.

Professor Ale, who spoke at the end of a five-day workshop for secondary school mathematical teachers in Nigeria drawn from Imo and Abia States, held at the Government College, Umuahia, said this also called for effective programmes for the production of good mathematics and science teachers and teacher educators.

According to him "the federal and state governments strongly believe that the only way to develop the nation is to develop the manpower component of it.

"However, the persistent poor performance of students in science related subjects like mathematics continue to pose serious worries in the minds of parents and government.

"We wish to therefore, call on all stakeholders in the education sector to collectively join hands with the Federal and state Ministries of Education and the National Mathematical Centre to address the issues of falling standards of education, especially in mathematics", he added .

He called on the teachers to judiciously apply the knowledge they acquired to teaching and learning process, as each of them would be given mathematical kits with which to advance the study of mathematics and science in their various schools.

A communiqu? issued at the end of the workshop by the teachers said the importance of the workshop could not be over emphasized considering the benefits derived from it and that it would enhance application of mathematics in various areas of human endeavour.

They requested that workshops of this nature should be continuous and be organized at least twice a year to keep teachers a--- of recent developments in the techniques and learning of mathematics.

The teachers also called for provision of mathematics laboratory in all schools by principals of various secondary schools and that principals should make it compulsory that students buy their mathematics text books before being registered.

They also requested that state governments should encourage mathematics teachers by paying the mathematics teachers? allowance, while the teachers should endeavour to improvise some basic teaching aids for their work.

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MATHEMATICS MOST VULNERABLE SUBJECT - SAM ALE
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