A university Don proffers solution to Girl-child mathematics Education Challenges

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By Emmanuel kehinde,Ilorin 

A University of Ilorin Don, Prof. Olubunmi Abidemi Fadipe-Joseph haemphasised the importance of mathematics in the girl-child education, stressing that school girls should show more interest in mathematics as a study, adding that if their male counterparts can do it, they can do better.

This much was espoused by the Professor of mathematics, while delivering the 240th Inaugural lecture of the University of Ilorin.

Fadipe-Joseph, a first class graduate of mathematics while highlighting the challenges for Girls in mathematics said “Lack of mentors, mentoring and a guide in the right direction and lack of self esteem. Lack of confidence, lack of encouragement, environmental/ societal factors, family exposure, poverty, inconsistency in academic calendar, funding among others” she stated 

She however recommended that “Children can be engaged in arithmetic at the elementary level, mathematics club, quiz competitions and talks could be organised frequently in schools. These will give girls opportunities to build their confidence in mathematics.

“Government, parents and teachers should provide a conducive environment for girls.

“Marriage are cherished in Africa. Women are faced with the challenges of combining work and family responsibilities.

“Regular talks on how to choose a mentor and how to balance career and family are necessary. With determination women can manage career, work and family life by proper planning of time.

“There should be age benefit for women with children when applying for any support. This will also give women the opportunity of interacting with other women in Mathematics” she added.

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