Nigerian curriculum calculator unveiled

As part of its efforts to revolutionize Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Nigeria, Casio Middle East Africa FZE has launched a unique calculator designed specifically to cater to the needs of Nigerian students and educators.

The new calculator combines basic calculation functions with advanced functions such as differential calculus, integrals and complex numbers.

Speaking at the Casio Education Conference themed: “Facilitating Innovation and Problem Solving through the Use of Technology in Nigerian Classrooms” in Lagos where the product was unveiled, the company’s Managing Director, Kiyomiya Takashi, said the launch of the product came following a partnership with SKLD Integration Services and the successful training of over 1,200 teachers on the use of calculators in inquiry-based learning.

“This calculator is a testament to our commitment to providing the highest level of support and innovation to Nigerian educators and students by equipping them with the tools they need to excel in science, mathematics and engineering in today's world,” Seimiya said.

The meeting focused on leveraging technology to improve learning outcomes in Nigerian schools.

Mr Tayo Osiyemi, Executive Director, SKLD Integrated Services Limited, moderated the panel session which focused on the integration of technology to enhance educational practice and social impact.

The panelists agreed that technology aids learning and is key to national development.

He also called for collaboration between the government and development partners to reduce the cost of technology adoption in the teaching and learning process.

The Director, Education Resource Centre, Lagos State Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Akinlade Olatomirin, said the introduction of the new computers was in line with government's objective of promoting inquiry-based learning and preparing students for the challenges of the future.

“I would say this new non-programmable model is a much-needed technology that all educators and testing agencies must embrace,” Olatomirin added.

Junior high school students who participated in the event also took part in a mathematics quiz competition using Casio's new calculators.

Lawal Ismail of Falomo Senior High School emerged as the winner and received a cheque for N500,000.00, Bada Abdulsalam of Oriu Senior Model College came second and received N250,000.00, while Chineye Ofoluma of Canterbury International School came third and received N100,000.00.

In addition to the announcement, the organization also pledged its continued support for educational efforts and to improve educators' knowledge using real scientific calculators.

The event was attended by notable figures in the education sector, including the Lagos State Commissioner for Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Jamiu Tolani Ali Balogun, representatives from the Federal Ministry of Education and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).


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