Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 March 2014

Tanzania: VP Stresses Mathematics Role in Development

JUST as information communication technology (ICT) is crucial in the current globalised world, that is how Mathematics is important in the development of science and technology of any country.

Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, stated in Dar es Salaam on Friday that community should understand that the use of Mathematics in science and technology increases everyday, thus youths have to be fully equipped with various mathematics techniques.

Making his keynote speech to mark the 10th anniversary Pi day celebrations organised by Mathematical Association of Tanzania (MAT), in collaboration with The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Dr Bilal noted that Mathematics is very important in the life of everyone.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 around the world. Pi (Greek letter 'p') is the symbol used in Mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159.

He urged parents to make follow up on their children especially in Mathematics subject and encourage them to pursue the subject with all their strength, as it has greater impact on their future life.

"Poor performance in Mathematics and science subjects has affected many science courses as they get few students, if we don't put much efforts it will greatly affect the development of science and technology in our country," added the vice- president

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