Organisation pledges to demystify learning of mathematics among pupils
Chairman, Mathematics Laboratory Limited, Mr. Andy Akhigbe, has assured that the newly launched “Naija Mathematics Olympiad,” an online platform designed to help primary and secondary school pupils study and practice maths regularly would demystify the supremacy of the subject over others.
Speaking at a briefing to announce opening of entry for the 2017 computer-based-test competition for public and private schools in Lagos, Akhigbe said the platform have the capacity to test one to 10 million pupils per day.
According to him: “The Naija Mathematic Olympiad, an online platform developed in partnership with Dragnet Solutions Limited and the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Lagos State chapter, will enable primary and secondary school pupils, practice and learn mathematics regularly with a view to overcoming fears attached to the subject.
“The Olympiad offers participants three specific platforms, which includes practice, test and reward. Practice enables pupils to learn the subject through a self-learning process; test, simulate an actual test environment to increase proficiency in learning, while reward offers an avenue to take a Mathematics Olympiad with other kids at an approved centre. But participants would have to pay N3000 at reward stage for registration while winners would be rewarded in the process.”
He explained that the project is aimed at encouraging kids to practice and learn mathematics online as well as prepare students for computer competitions since the world is technologically evolving.
Akhigbe urged parents to support their wards in embracing mathematics and also develop interest in the subject like others while reminding of its importance in national and individual’s life.
He added that the entire process of the Internet app is unique as it allows a child to do self-learning. “The child doesn’t need a teacher or anybody to assist him or her. All they need to do is just to click and answer the questions set for them but if the answer is wrong the question would show them how it is solved.”
On his part, Fellow, MAN, Martins Ukwu stated that Nigerian kids must be exposed to Internet Olympiad in order to be at par with their contemporaries worldwide.
In the same vein, chairman of MAN in Lagos state, Alhaji Rasaq Jimoh, said the project was aimed at preparing pupils to practice, learn and sit for the mock examination and be rewarded at the end of the competition.