The Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC, Festac deanery, Lagos and Mobiks Educational Services have stressed the importance of Mathematics in bringing about innovation, urging parents and the government to encourage children to embrace the subject.
The organisations stated this at an event to mark 2016 Children’s Day held at the Holy Family Catholic Church Festac Town, Lagos. The highlight of the celebration which was attended by over 1,000 children was the presentation of gifts to winners of the 2016 Senior and Junior Secondary School Mathematics competition organised by the JDPC Festac deanery in collaboration with Mobiks Educational Services.
Speaking at the event, the deanery coordinator of the JDPC and CEO of Mobiks Educational Services, Mr. Modestus Onyenakeya, said that the idea behind the competition is to motivate the students to greater heights, which according to him, is one of the reasons for the competition- to get students to be interested in the subject of Mathematics which has become a source of phobia for many.
On the issue of special centres and performance of students in internal and external exams, Onyenakeya attributed the low performance of students to the fact that parents have become connivers in patronising some of the so-called special centres to aid their wards in passing exams, thereby not getting to know the full potentials of the child.
He said: “The necessary education is needed for the child’s optimal growth in knowledge, which will invariably become profitable to both the child and the society at large. If we must innovate we must have students who are mathematically inclined and we’re of the opinion that these children have to be motivated to choose the right courses in life”.
One of the ways of motivating students, Onyenakeya said, is to encourage them to participate in meaningful competitions that will add value to their lives.
“We at JDPC want to instil that competitive spirit in the students. JDPC is also an organisation that is in the wholesome development of people. We have seen that one of the ways to empower people is to enhance their intellectual development,” he said.
The JDPC coordinator added further that the scarcity of teachers who are well prepared, willing and have the inherent ability to teach is a problem which brings us to the situation of not having teachers at all to cater for the intellectual needs of the Nigerian student.
While rating that performance of students at the quiz competition, he said that the average Nigerian is very intelligent and should be encouraged and motivated to do more, stating that there’s the need to enhance ways of learning and teaching subjects, especially in Mathematics.
Onyema however called on all stakeholders, governments, parents and the necessary government authorities to do the right thing by making children do what is right, one of which is that parents should encourage their children to spend more time in reading.
He also enjoined the government, individuals and corporates to assist so that more students will be able to partake in WAEC and other examinations, while also calling on the various examination bodies to reduce the price of purchasing their forms.