Mathematics: STAN Urges Federal ,State Governments to Recruit More Qualified Teachers
By Chibueze Victor, Abakaliki
Science Teachers Association of Nigeria, STAN, called Federal and State governments to recruit more qualified teachers in Mathematics to make up for the dearth of the teachers in the public primary and secondary schools in the country.
The Chairman, Mathematics panel of STAN, Mr. Emmanuel E. Olor, who made this call on Friday at Urban Model Secondary School, Abakaliki, while presenting an address during the association’s workshop in the state, said, the fast declining of the performance of the Nigerian students in mathematics for the past few years has demanded an urgent attention of the association, calling the governments to recruit more qualified teachers so as to put the challenges ravaging the field into rest.
Mr. Olor hinted that, the present Nigerian students/teachers’ ratio is still far from UNESCO International acceptable standard, stressing that more qualified mathematics teachers should be recruited to curtail the negative effects in the field.
He stated further : ” Both Federal and state governments should brace up to the challenges of funding more education more adequately, see education as a social responsibility of the government and accord it top most priority.
“Governments should improve drastically on the welfares of teachers, always sponsor teachers to conferences, workshops such as this one, and seminars for capacity building.
“Above all, governments should recruit more qualified teachers to make up for the dearth of mathematics teachers in our public primary and secondary schools. The present students/teachers ratio is still far from UNESCO international acceptable standard.”
The Chairman pointed out that mathematics as a core subject in the primary and secondary schools curricula is one of the eleven subject panels of the association, whose aims and objectives among other things is to build and strengthen the capacity of science and mathematics educators at all levels of education in the country.
He equally observed that for nine years then, the association has been running modular workshop in her subject panels, stated, some teachers were not vast in some contents especially those contained in the current basic and post basic education mathematics curricula, including others which were not grounded in the teaching approaches that would guarantee high academic achievement of learners.
He therefore, stated that these challenges were the pointers necessitated this year’s workshop revolving on; ‘bridging the gap between the former and present basic and post basic mathematics curricula”.
In the same vein, the State Chairman of the association, Dr. Emmanuel Etu Odoh, explained that the essence of the workshop is to train and retrain teachers particularly those in mathematics field.
Dr. Odoh underscored that the poor outing of the Nigerian students in mathematics both in West African Examination Council, WAEC, and National Examination Council , NECO, has forced the association to embark on the workshop, which in his words would elapsed for a week.
He implored governments to always look ways to give fair treatment to science teachers, ensuring that their welfares are not tamper with as he maintained that the teachers in science incline are filled currently having many workloads.
He however, advised teachers to work harder to build their capacity, saying that this approach if taken, would earn them international recognition which in his words could end up their ugly story of poor remunerations in the country particularly Ebonyi state.