What has been happening
The National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja recently trained some teachers and students in the state at Education Resource Centre, Ojodu. The objective of the training was to change the story of Mathematics from being an abstract subject to a practical one that is applicable to everyday life. The theme of the training was Mental Arithmetic and Mathematics Improvement Training for Nigerian Basic Schools Students and Teachers. The students were trained on the use of Abacus Mental Arithmetic which will enable them to develop both right and left brains. The Director/Chief Executive of NMC, Professor Ejugwu Onah at the closing ceremony said the abacus is an ancient instrument for performing calculations by sliding counters along rods or in grooves. The Director who was represented by Dr Azuka Bernard, Acting Registrar, National Mathematics Centre revealed that since the Abacus requires both hands and brain during arithmetic sums, students are able to build up self confidence and concentration during examinations and any form of competition. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Bosede Adelaja was thrilled with the performance of students during mental drilling exercise and affirms that the training would improve teaching and learning in Lagos schools. She however pledged the continuous support of the government in promoting the sciences which is the bases for technology. A student from Ojodu Junior Grammar School, Ojodu, Mary Olanrewaju emerged overall best student in all the competitions engaged in during the training while Adeniyi Adetoun of Iju Obawole Junior Grammar school was the best in Mental Arithmetic and the use of Abacus. The training which lasted for two weeks (2) weeks helped students learn the subject in different ways and also taught teachers different innovations and strategies in teaching the subject.