Lagos MAN advocates for better teaching techniques for math

Mathematics TEACHERS were encouraged to adopt innovative methods in their work to engage students’ attention and improve their performance in the subject.

This was the consensus of participants at the Annual General Meeting of the Lagos State Chapter of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), where new executive members of the association were also elected.

In his acceptance speech, the association’s new president, Dr. Nasirdeen Malik, said tackling the problem of math failure was his administration’s number one priority.

“We want to make math more enjoyable. For years, people failed in mathematics on the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the National Examination Council Examination (NECO). What is responsible for this? This is one of the questions that this diet wants to answer,” said Dr. Malik.

He said in addressing the situation, the association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, would organize trainings and workshops for math teachers.

He therefore challenged mathematics teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as higher education institutions to identify with MAN.

A newly installed member of the association, Mr. Abiodun Hassan, identified the use of teaching materials, songs and mnemonic devices as one of the ways to simplify the subject and engage students’ attention.

“The problems with teaching and learning mathematics come from students, teachers, society, social media, among others. Students see the subject as problematic because of the teaching methods. If you use all of these gambling methods, you will get positive results,” Hassan said.

He advised teachers not to focus on monetary gains and to see students as their own children and the future.

The new vice-president of the association is Mrs. Odubolanle Oludipe; Mr. Ibraheem Adebiyi retained his seat as Secretary General, assisted by Mr. Ademola Afolabi.

Other leaders include Mrs. Abimbola Okoilu and Mr. Bashiru Irinoye, Treasurer and Financial Secretary respectively.

Mr. Sulaiman Ayuba and Mr. Nurudeen Abdul are Publicity Secretaries 1 and 2 respectively while Mrs. Adijat Azeez-Olowu is the new Social Secretary.

The event was graced by dignitaries from the education sector, including the Principal Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State for Education, Mrs. Adetola Salau and the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers ( NUT), Mr. Akintoye Hassan.

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