Senior Lecturer at the Mathematics Department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Joseph Kojo Ansong has debunked widespread assertions that Mathematics is a boring and time-consuming subject.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive on Radio Univers, Dr. Kojo Ansong explained that individuals, one way or the other, do mathematical calculations every day, hence, an unavoidable area of study.
Dr. Kojo Ansong further argued that solving mathematical problems helps one have a feeling of accomplishment.
“For the most part, after you struggled with the problem, cracked your brains and come up with a solution, it gives you that rush of accomplishment and confidence in what you’ve done. It’s not boring or those who have spent the time to systematically study and learn it.
We all do math one way or the other, even though we probably don’t term it as Mathematics. From rising up from your bed to setting up your alarm to looking at your calendar, even measuring quantities of your seasonings in the kitchen. It’s not boring. If you look at it in the formal sense, it looks that way but it’s not” he noted.
Speaking on the same issue, President of National Association of Mathematics Students, Richard Ntiamoah opined that the “maths is boring” perception of Ghanaians is one of the reasons Ghana has witnessed development.
In his view, Ghana, like other countries including India, can utilize the opportunities that exist in studying mathematics.
“When you go to India and other developed countries, they really do appreciate what math does for them…they use math efficiently. In Ghana, we don’t even value our data, and we take them for granted.
With Math, we are able to identify these patterns in certain things in the data that we use and after identifying these patterns, we can edit this data to suit what we want to innovate or develop in your country” he noted
14th February every year is National Mathematics Day in Ghana.
The day is set aside to promote the use of mathematics for National Education and Development and to introduce activity-based learning in the school system.
It was first celebrated in 2007
Story by: Abraham Anab|universnewsroom.com