Dr Hanawa Rufus, the first holder of Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) from the Taraba State University, Jalingo, on Sunday advised the authorities to adopt combination of English with local languages in teaching mathematics.
Rufus, who holds PhD in Mathematics Education, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo, added that this would enhance easier understanding and interest in the subject.
According to him, the fear of Mathematics, commonly referred to as Mathematics Phobia would be removed when the concepts of the subject are explained to the students in their local dialects.
“From the research I conducted to earn a PhD, I discovered that teaching of Mathematics using language of the immediate environment like Hausa combined with English language will help encourage students to improve retention and interest in Algebra and Mathematics generally.
“The use of English combined with local languages in teaching mathematics proved very effective as it enhances understanding by the students at all levels.
“I want to therefore, advise the relevant authorities to consider adopting the use of English and local languages in teaching Mathematics in order to do away with phobia in the subject,” he said.
Rufus, who was celebrated at the university’s combined 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th convocation ceremony on Saturday, commended Prof. Vincent Tenebe, the Vice-Chancellor for providing excellent leadership for the rapid growth of the institution.
He also lauded the scholarly efforts of his two supervisors, Prof. Solomon Iyekekpolo and Dr John Ajai, an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in turning out a quality researched work for the benefit of the society.
Rufus also commended all the professors in the university for their contributions in one way or the other for the success of his academic sojourn there.