Centre refused funds from Tertiary Education Trust Fund
The Supervising Minister for Education, Nyesom Wike, has called on the National Mathematical Centre, NMC, to work toward substantial reduction in mathematics failure during students examinations.
This was contained in a statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, the Minister’s Special Assistant (Media), in Abuja on Thursday.
Mr. Wike, the statement said, made the call at a meeting with the NMC Governing Council, and dwelt on ways of improving the funding of the council for effectively service delivery.
“The centre must work toward reducing the level of failure in mathematics during public examinations. This administration places high premium on mathematics because it is the foundation of all technological advancement,” he said.
The statement also said the minister directed the centre to commence training of the required manpower for the development of mathematical sciences.
On stoppage of funding of the centre by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Mr. Wike directed the Director, Tertiary, in the ministry and the National Universities Commission to interface with TETFund.
He said the need for the intervention became imperative with a view to finding alternative ways of resolving the issue.
He also urged the centre to improve on its internally generated revenue by conducting manpower development programmes for the larger education community.
The Chairman, Governing Council of the centre, Abubakar Girei, had told the Minister that NMC funding from TETFund was a challenge.
Mr. Girei appealed to the Minister to wade into the matter, adding that the stoppage had crippled majority of manpower development programmes of the centre for basic and tertiary education.
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