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A Professor of Mathematics Education, Adetunji Olaoye, has called for proper funding of education programmes, to enhance teaching of the subject in schools.

Olaoye, lecturer at the Department of Science and Technology Education, Faculty of Education, Lagos State University (LASU), made the assertion at the the 89th inaugural lecture of the institution on Tuesday, in Lagos.

The theme of the inaugural lecture was: “Mathematics Education of Knots in Human Connects: What Types of Knots Are You To Others in Life?”

He said that the government funding must be in line with the UNESCO’s recommendation of 26 per cent budgetary allocation.

“It will help to afford the provision of relevant and available instructional facilities to enhance mathematics teaching.

“Many teachers do not have adequate knowledge of mathematics but centre their teaching on the examination that students are to undergo.

“Most teachers avoid the teaching of topics like construction and loci due to their inadequate knowledge on one hand, and technical drawing topic range in mathematics.

“For Nigeria to attain the status of self-reliance as stated in the National Policy on Education (2014), mathematics must be well taught,” Olaoye said.

He said that mathematics is a language for the understanding of science and technology.

“Mathematics education is the pedagogical dissemination of mathematical knowledge from the teachers to the students,” he said.

According to him, the development of any nation depends on the level of its education, and the need for relevant and available instructional facilities cannot be overemphasised.

“Most of the cumulative problems which teaching and learning of mathematics encounter among the students is as a result of non -relevant instructional facilities,”Olaoye said.

He said that research in mathematics education should explore more areas for students’ benefit.

“The recruitment of teachers, mathematics teachers inclusive, should not be based on who knows who, instead, premium should be given to those who have educational qualifications to take centre stage of appointment.

“Different seminars should be organised for the teachers to ensure teaching effectiveness in the classrooms, and update them on current discoveries towards adaptation into teachings.

 

“By exposure to various seminars and workshops, mathematics teachers will be updated on different techniques of demystifying mathematical concepts which were not properly taught during the pre-service period,” Olaoye said.

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We Must Deliver Quality Education, Jobs For Nigerians– Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu

 

President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, said that democracy must be progressive and inclusive with a primary focus on tackling poverty through the provision of job opportunities for youths and quality education for all Nigerian children.

Tinubu expressed support for the establishment of the National Institute of Progressive Studies while receiving members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday, in Lagos.

The President noted that the Institute is expected to carry out diligent research and educate all party members on the principles of democracy and good governance while providing a distinct identity for the party.

 

”Democracy has faced challenges in the past, but I believe in a promising future for our country. We will deliver it.

“I am committed to supporting a strong and ideologically-determined democracy that is progressive, inclusive, and focused on eliminating poverty while providing quality education for our children.

”Collaboration with various government arms is crucial, and I commend the leadership of our party for working hard to promote these essential ideals,” the President stated.

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Chioma Blessing Obidigbo Emerges Top Performing Student In 2022 WASSCE

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Chioma Blessing Obidigbo, an 18-year-old girl, has emerged as the top performer in the 2022 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

 

The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the WAEC 61st Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee, held in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The young girl could not attend the ceremony due to her ongoing university studies in the United Kingdom. However, her parents, Mr and Mrs Matthew Obidigbo, accepted the award on her behalf.

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