African universities urged to focus on maths

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African universities need to elevate the standard of their maths teaching, say education experts.

Attendees at the recent Next Einstein Forum discussed how maths is essential to support economic development. In addition, the President of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Thierry Zomahoun, said that African mathematicians were already using maths to attempt to deal with malnutrition and tackle disease.

Martial De-Paul Ikounga, the African Union’s science commissioner, said: “There is the need to demystify mathematics in Africa. It must be simplified to almost seem like when a child is learning the mother tongue.”

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14/03/16

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