The National Mathematics Centre (NMC) has appealed to the Kaduna State Government to renew its partnership with the centre to train mathematics teachers and students, under its Mathematics Improvement Project (MIP).
Dr Steve Oluwaniyi, NMC Acting Coordinator, Mathematics Science Education Programme, made the appeal in Kaduna, on the sidelines of the state National Mathematics and Sciences Olympiad Award Ceremony.
Oluwaniyi told journalists that the MIP is a two-year research oriented study that trains mathematics teachers and students to improve teaching and learning of the subject..
“When a state partners with us on the project, we will open our office there and deploy our resources for the training.
“The focus is on SS II students, so that we will follow them through SS III until they write WAEC and NECO.
“We implemented the project between 2013 and 2015 in six pilot schools in the state, and the result was commendable,” he said.
He pointed out that teacher professional development was fundamental in equipping them with new skills, innovations and best practices
“Therefore, we want Kaduna State to continue investing in teacher training to improve teachers skills and students performance, particularly in mathematics and sciences.
“NMC has all that it takes to impact on teaching and learning of mathematics in schools. Engage us and we will remove the myth and phobia associated with mathematics,” he added.
The coordinator noted that any nation that desires to develop must place high premium on mathematics education and sciences.
According to him, no country would move forward without investing hugely on science education.
Earlier, Ms Noami Sallau, NMC Facilitator in the state explained that the competition was organized with a view to selecting students that would represent the state and the country at national and international competitions.
She lauded the performance of the Kaduna State students in the competition and urged them to improve.
She equally called on the state government to encourage students from public schools to fully participate in such competitions, which she said was capable of enhancing their performance.
On his part, the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Andrew Nok expressed the state’s commitment to partner with any organisation on matters relating to science and technology.
Nok was represented at the occasion by the Director of Science, Malam Mustapha Zuntu.