By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Osun state government has stated its commitment to partner with the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja with a view to developing and transforming Mathematics and Science education at the schools in the state.
The state Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, stated this on Monday, 24th November, 2014 while receiving, on behalf of the state government, some Mathematical tools, recently introduced by the NMC to make teaching and learning of Mathematics easy for public school pupils across the country.
This programme according to Laoye-Tomori was designed to also help pupils in Grades 5 and 6 with a view to monitoring them in the subject as they go further in their academic pursuits at the Elementary, Middle and High classes.
According to the Deputy Governor, the present administration in the state had done so much in revamping the state’s education sector from the moribund state it was when the administration came into power in 2010.
Mrs. Laoye-Tomori claimed that only three percent of pupils who sat for final year examinations in the state’s public schools scored Credit in five subjects and above before Governor Rauf Aregbesola assumed leadership of the state government saying 19.7% scored five Credits and above in the recently released O’Level results.
Mrs. Laoye-Tomori said the new kits would fit perfectly into the school re-classification system introduced by the present administration into the state’s primary and secondary education sector last year which grouped pupils in Grades 5 through 9 in Middle School thereby providing a ready-made system for their monitoring.
She said the pupils had been mentally prepared from their days in the Elementary Schools going by the quality and quantity of food they were served under the Osun School Feeding Programme otherwise known as O-Meals.
Mrs. Laoye-Tomori said a committee had been put in place by the state government to address challenges confronting education in the state and fashion out ways of having no less than 95% of public school pupils scoring five credits and above in their final year examinations.
Receiving the kit, the state Deputy Governor described it as magical touch and what would endear love of Mathematics in every Nigerian pupil and assist teachers tremendously in teaching the subject.
She thereafter pledged the support of the state government to NMC towards the distribution of the kit across all public schools in the state saying the present economic situation of the state will not deter the state government from investing on its children being the future of the state.
Leader of the delegation, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NMC, Prof. Adewale Solarin, said the centre aimed at driving out timidity and phobia against Mathematics from school pupils through the kit.
He said the centre was set to train Mathematics teachers on diagnostic test to assist them in placing pupils in their right pedestal in their academic pursuits adding that the training will also help teachers to discover and develop gifted pupils from Grade 7 under the recently introduced Gift Education Programme.
Appealing to state governments across the country to invest on the development of primary and secondary education, Prof. Solarin said the centre would partner with the government of the state on a statewide talent hunt for gifted pupils in Grades 5 and 6 and assist their teachers in monitoring them as they move forward in their academics.
In his opening remark, Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prince Felix Awofisayo, said the state government has committed a lot in her quest to reposition the state’s education sector especially at the elementary, middle and high school levels.