CU-CDIIC Seeks to Change Students Phobia for Mathematics
Covenant University through her Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CU-CDIIC), has embarked on a project to eradicate the general phobia most students have for mathematics.
As part of the project, a 2-day ‘Mathematics Clinic’ was organized for secondary school students of Faith Academy and Covenant University Secondary School, both in Ota between the 21st and 23rd of January, 2014.
Speaking on the essence of the workshop, the facilitator of the project, Dr. Michael Agarana of the Department of Mathematics, Covenant University, said that Mathematics has over the years been made difficult due to a plethora of reasons among which are general lack of interest, bad teaching environment, dearth of qualified teachers, technically deficient textbooks, weak foundational teaching process and lack of patience with weak students.
Dr. Agarana stated that it was high time that tutors of Mathematics started adopting a more robust approach to teaching the subject. He suggested that 21st century teaching aids, improvising with local dialects and introduction of comical situations would help create affinity for Mathematics.
He decried the tendencies of Mathematics tutors to make the subject that many consider ‘dry and abstract,’ drier. Making allusion to a statement credited to the Director General, National Mathematical Centre, Professor Sam Ale, that “Mathematics is a beautiful queen that is not loved,” Dr. Agarana said what he and the Education Sub-Committee of CU-CDIIC were interested in was to arouse students’ interest in Mathematics through practical teachings, accompanied with mathematical jokes.
Dr. Agarana stated that the Federal Government’s vision of being among the world’s largest twenty economies by 2020 would remain a mirage if adequate attempt is not made at making students embrace the study of Mathematics with new zest and passion. He said Mathematics is the fulcrum for powering science and technology, which is the basis of attaining the status of a large and developed economy.
The Mathematics clinic availed CU-CDIIC the privilege to carry out orientation programme for Mathematics teachers, in a bid to help them detect weak students in the subject and tackle their various challenges.
At Faith Academy, the Vice-Principal (Academic), Mrs. A. Badru, appreciated the Management of Covenant University and members of the Community Development Impact Initiative Committee for the novel approach towards making studies easy.
She solicited the continuous support of CU-CDIIC in ensuring that more workshops in other related subjects that are considered tough by students can be treated in the same manner.
In a related development, at the conclusion of the “Mathematics Clinic,” at Covenant University Secondary School (CUSS), the Principal, Mrs. Adepeju Johnson, thanked the University Management for such noble initiative. She appealed to the University Management through the Chairman of CU-CDIIC, to make provision for tutorial sessions for her students, not just in Mathematics, but in others subjects.
Speaking on behalf of CUSS students, the Senior Mathematics Tutor, Mr. Kafisewon Idowu, said he was overwhelmed by the passion of the Covenant University team and promised to do all he could to sustain the relationship formed through the clinic. He added that there was need for a continuous session if the gains must become evident.
The Chairman, Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CU-CDIIC), Dr. Humphrey Adebayo thanked CUSS Management for allowing Covenant University partner with them to build a better nation.
He pledged that the University, through her CDIIC is committed to helping the young ones grow to take over the helm of leadership for a better tomorrow for Nigeria and humanity in general.
Some members of CU-CDIIC present at the event were Dr. Susan Adeusi, Mrs. Ronke Asaolu, Mr. Emmanuel Attat, Mr. Babafemi Odusote and Mr. Hilary Okagbue of the Department of Mathematics.