By NGBEDE SAMUEL

The future of
every great nation depends solidly on her youths. Until a nation begins to
think positively of her youths she will definitely remain unfruitful in all her
life.

For a nation to be
rated a developed state, it does not have anything to do with her natural
resources, neither does it have anything to do with her human resources, it has
nothing to do with her age but it is indispensable of technology. Thus, the
rating of a nation depends on her ability to take care of her physical and
biological needs devoid of foreign aids and supports.

This will only continue to be an illusion if a
nation is failing mathematically, which is the key to technology and
development. While most nations are advancing technologically, we are in a
nation that is not ready to hear the name mathematics. Mathematics is the key
to precision and accuracy which is the basics for quality.

The problem of
mathematics in Nigeria
is people so we need a reorientation about mathematics. This has to deal with a
total review of our mathematical system; the way it is taught and learnt must
not be left out. We must go back to the drawing board to re-strategize if a
lasting solution ought to be put in place. We now have to find out:

1. How many people
want to study technology and mathematics related courses?

2. How many people
have failed in the process of studying technology and mathematics related
courses?

3. How many are
successful studying technology and mathematics related courses?

From the data
collected, many of our youths want to study technology and mathematics related
courses for that are where the hope and future of this great nation lies, but
because of mathematics, our youths are not ready to have anything in common
with mathematics. Others failed in the process because they have little or poor
foundations in mathematics. The successful ones said, they succeeded because of
their personal efforts. Mathematics is really tearing our nation apart. The
fear of mathematics has made people to read courses they don’t intend to read.
Many of our youths are out of school today because they don’t know mathematics.
A lot lost their future ambitions and visions because they hated mathematics
with passion.

Mathematics
learning in our schools today is nothing to write home about. From our surveys,
we discovered that: those who cannot go beyond addition of whole numbers are
teaching mathematics in schools. In the primary school setting, one teacher
teaches all the subjects including mathematics weather he/she knows it or not.

They can’t deliver because a blind man cannot lead a blind man. Primary school
is supposed to be where mathematics foundation should be aid, thereby
destroying the appetite of the pupils towards learning of mathematics. Most
secondary schools have only one mathematics teacher from JSS one to SSS3,God
forbid the day the teacher falls sick or have an engagement outside school. In such
a scenario, meeting the target becomes a problem and in most cases the students
are malnourished mathematically.

A lot of schools are fond of placing
advertisement notices “mathematics teacher wanted” from the beginning of the
term to the end of the term just to cover up for their inability to hire a
mathematics teacher, in such a case, they could convert any available teacher
to be teaching mathematics until they get a qualified teacher. Some schools
have qualified mathematics teachers but the teachers lack concentration in
teaching due to income rate (salaries), lawlessness and indiscipline.

The only
place on can have standard learning of mathematics is in organized private
schools. The problem here is that not all parents could afford the fees. Many of
our youths are not been exposed to the standard learning of mathematics, so t
them mathematics is the most difficult subject.

An average Nigerian is not
ready to hear the name mathematics. To many when you fail mathematics it is
normal. If we fail to encourage our youths to study mathematics, the
generations after us will not forgive us. One thing we need to understand is
that, so long as mathematics is intact, mathematics and development is intact.
Lack of interest in mathematics is a wise plan to harm our future. We are today
facing the consequences of the careless attitude towards mathematics learning
in the past.

There is no area
in life that does not require mathematics. The truth is that one’s decision not
to have anything to do with mathematics may be personal but not private. It
affects our nation and not the individual alone, in fact, the nation suffers it
most.

This is the reason why all hands must be on deck to fight the eradicable
menace of nonchalant attitude to mathematics learning in our nation. The truth
is that we do not know where, how and when the savior of this great nation will
emerge. So we can’t watch the future of our youths, our nation dragged into the
mud when we can do something to rescue the situation.

Lack of interest
in mathematics is a threat to technology, life and development. The response in
the fight against mathematics failure is a welcoming development to boost the
study of technology. The effort and commitment of the government is needed to
win the fight against mathematics tepid. Today’s misconception about the
difficulty of mathematics is still at an alarming state and majority of our
youths need an increased awareness on mathematics. I will like to suggest the
following to the government:

1. Set up a
mathematics learning standard in Nigeria which must be met by all
schools and should be a prerequisite to the establishment of schools.

2. Set up a body
that will monitor mathematics teaching and learning in both primary and
secondary schools, by ensuring that all schools do not only have standard
mathematics teachers but also sufficient numbers to meet the school needs.
Supervise mathematics lessons, check lesson notes and ensure that teachers
simplify the workings and give as many examples as possible. Make it mandatory that
at the end of every assessment, teachers should follow up on pupils and
students that are not catching up promptly as expected and design a system that
will ensure they cope at their own pace of learning.

3. Create
mathematics awareness through workshops, seminars, lectures, jingles and
distribute relevant mathematics materials to pupils and students. Set up
mathematics learning clubs in both primary and secondary schools and organize
mathematics competitions in schools. Give awards to pupils, students and
schools that have done well to motivate them.

4. Set up a 3 to 6
months intensive mathematics training program for secondary school graduates
who intend to further their studies in mathematics related courses. This is to
act as a refresher as they await their school certificate and JAMB results.

5. The developed
world, learn things in their mother tongues including mathematics which give
them an edge and make it easier for them to relate the acquired knowledge to
their culture and that is one of their top performance secrets. We can also
learn mathematics in Idoma, Yoruba, Housa, Ibo, Ijaw, Urhobo, Tiv, Fulani,
Itsekiri, Ibibio, Isoko, Igala languages etc.

South
Korea which the whole world depend on for ship building
don’t speak English neither do the teach Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, SHIP Building,
Welding, Design etc in English. They use their mother tongue which is the Korea
Language. I was in South
Korea for Ship Construction training and I
discovered that technology does not answer to English Language.

The aim of the
project is to:

1. Ensure math
success for each and every child: average, gifted and remedial;

2. Improve math
skills and close the achievement gap;

3. Maximize the
effectiveness of our existing curricula, instructional materials and text
books;

4. Personalize
instruction for each and every child;

5. Make math a joy
to teach and learn;

6. Meet the
requirements of the No Body Left Behind Acts (NBLBA);

7. Add confidence,
subtract frustration, and multiply math success;

8. Bring technology
to our door steps.

The evidence of
this mathematics failure is all around us. A significant proportion of Nigerian
has little or no access to quality mathematics learning. The situation has been
endemic for years and the problems are deep seated. Such a situation cannot be
changed overnight, it will take years but the effort has to begin. We cannot
and must not give up for the sake of our youths, our future. “Show me a nation
that have mathematics and I will show you a nation that have technology”. In
fact, mathematics is the life mathematics is the life wire of every nation,
mathematics and technology are one. Mathematics is the seed while technology is
the fruit.

No nation can harvest a good fruit until a good seed is sown. The
fruit of technology we are harvesting today is as a result of the seed of
mathematics w sowed yesterday. This is the reason why all hands must be on deck
to ensure the success of mathematics in our nation.

NGBEDE SAMUEL

OJANTELLE-OCHEKWU

APA LOCAL
GOVERNMENT

BENUE STATE

TEL-08052592303

E-mail-
donsamuel1@yahoo.co.uk

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