As part of measures to make the teaching and learning of mathematics interesting to students while engendering improved performance, Lagos State has partnered with the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, to train students and teachers in the State.
In her address at the just concluded closing ceremony of the 2021 NMC/SDGs Mental Arithmetic and Mathematics Improvement Project in Lagos State held at the Education Resource Centre, Ojodu, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, noted that the State Government has initiated various programmes and policies to enhance the education sector as well as to ensure that the curriculum is interesting and well-packaged for better results.
The Commissioner, represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, explained that the collaboration with NMC/SDGs to train students and teachers on better ways of teaching and learning mathematics will no doubt spur the interest of students, making arithmetic fun and lively.
She charged the teachers to imbibe new methods of delivering the subject in their classrooms, while enjoining them to also use the forum to network and share ideas among one another towards cascading the acquired knowledge to others.
“Lagos State is not resting on its oars; we have ensured continuous training and welfare of our teachers, providing school infrastructure and a conducive environment for students to learn, as we owe them a better future”, the Commissioner stated.
The Director/Chief Executive Officer, National Mathematics Centre, Abuja, Professor Stephen Onah, who was represented by Dr. Azuka Bernard, commended the Lagos State Government for major strides in the education sector, emphasising that the State provided unparalleled hospitality and a conducive atmosphere for the staff of NMC during the two weeks programme.
He enthused that during the intensive training programme, students were imparted with adequate knowledge capable of changing the story of mathematics in their academics, noting that the teachers were also trained on different innovations and strategies in teaching the subject.
In his words, “The phobia for mathematics has been substantially eliminated from the minds of these great leaders of tomorrow and we hope for better performances in their various internal and external examinations.
Earlier, in her remarks, the Director of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Grace Akinfoyewa, revealed that the State’s students are exceptional and have continued to distinguish themselves in various science competitions at national and international levels, while winning laurels for Lagos in the process.
Highpoints of the event were the presentations of mathematical training kits and prizes to students who emerged winners during the programme and class activities.