By Faith Igbudu and Jovitta Iorshase
Parents have advocated for intensive learning of Mathematics at the basic level of education, saying it will form a foundation for higher levels of the subject as it is a core subject in the Nigerian educational curriculum.
The advocacy was made at the first maiden edition of the graduation, speech and prize giving ceremony of Pacesetters Academy Makurdi, Benue State.
Chairman of Occasion, Mr Viashima Sevkav, while stating this, promised to install a Mathematics software for the teaching and learning of Mathematics for both teachers and pupils from primary 1-5 in all the school computers.
He said the software which he ordered from the United Kingdom (UK) will ease and improve the teaching of Mathematics in Pacesetters Academy, improving the learning standard of the school.
Mr Sevkav commended the graduating students and acknowledged that it was not an easy task graduating from pre-school to nursery, nursery to primary and finally, primary school. He congratulated all the graduands and prayed for God’s continuous sustenance as they go higher in their educational journey.
He charged the graduands to work hard and be good ambassadors of Pacesetters Academy in their various schools.
He also encouraged parents and the school management to institute prize- giving to pupils, especially for the various subjects, punctuality and character assessment to boost the input of the children towards academics.
“We need to institute prizes, especially for the various subjects, punctuality, character etc to encourage the children, no matter how big or little since nobody will do that for our children but we the parents and teachers,” he said.
Others who spoke at the occasion including the Chairlady, Mrs Chioma Onyema, the Vice Chairman, Mr Msugh Pillars and the Vice Chairlady, Mrs Blessing Unongu who unanimously re-emphasized the importance of prize giving, wished the graduands success as they go forth and acknowledged the wonderful efforts of the teachers on impacting knowledge in the pupils.
The Proprietor and Head Teacher, Pacesetters Academy Makurdi, Mr Terhemba Gbasha, in his vote of thanks said, “we hope to go on and do better, while we trust God to set the pace. We are proud to be graduating 13 pupils in our first organized graduation ceremony.’
Mr Gbasha also appreciated the parents, his staff, and the Almighty God for a successful session.
Highlights of the event was the cutting of the graduation cake, presentations by the pupils and presentation of prizes among others.