UNILORIN Don proffers solution to Girl-child mathematics Education Challenges

By Abdulrasheed Akogun

A University of Ilorin Don, Prof. Olubunmi Abidemi Fadipe-Joseph has emphasised 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 started

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.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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