IBADAN – Alade Abimbade, a professor of Educational Technology at the University of Ibadan, has urged examination bodies in the country to encourage the use of calculators in schools.
Abimbade made the call in an inaugural lecture he delivered on Thursday night at the Trenchard Hall of the university.
His lecture was entitled: “ Technology and Resources in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: Antidote for Maths-Phobia.”
He said school authorities should allow the use of calculators to supplement teachers and students instructional aids in the teaching and learning of mathematics
Abimbade said there must be effective teaching in the nation’s educational institutions for any meaningful and sustained development.
“Mathematics is the language of science and technology.
“ Science, Technology and Mathematics are interwoven and the school system must lay a sound foundation of mathematics teaching and learning from the primary school.
“Fear, anxiety and phobia are not helpful in the acquisition of mathematics-knowledge, whether early in life of mathematics learning or later in future.
“The teachers of mathematics and mathematics educators have a responsibility to deal with these phenomena,” he said.
Abimbade also advocated the need to show love and commitment to mathematics and science subjects.
“ Studies show that secondary school students do not really show commitment to the learning of the subject.
“The subject of love and commitment will play a significant role in helping learners to build confidence in the learning of mathematics and also produce high achievement in the subject,” he said. (NAN)