A Professor of Mathematics at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Sunday Kayode, has advised mathematics teachers to make the subject friendly to learners.
Kayode gave the advice while delivering FUTA’s 141st Inaugural lecture titled, “Numerics : Bedrock of human endeavors.”
Kayode said handlers of mathematics from primary to tertiary levels of education must remove the induced phobia towards mathematics and use life experiences as well as local languages to teach the subject.
He added that teachers must bring the contents of the subject to the level of the learners by using local materials, relating examples to the day-to-day life experiences of teachers and learners.
He also urged governments at Federal, State and Local levels as well as private individuals to make concerted efforts at improving funding of mathematical projects and research at all levels of mathematics education in Nigeria.
“The popularisation of mathematical sciences in Nigeria should be a national project. The popularisation of mathematics is an attempt to reach out to wider audiences from all strata of society to provide a mathematical experience rather than a pedantic transfer of knowledge. In doing this, variety of media and strategies need to be adopted, such as films, television programmes, mathematics festivals, creation of a network of discussion groups clubs and societies.“