To address the poor performances of students in mathematics examinations, a lecturer at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ibadan, Dr. Ishola Salami, has invented hip-hop song to solve some mathematical problems.
Salami, whose primary interest is in early childhood education, stated that the hip-hop song is aimed at enhancing pupils’ knowledge of the subject at the primary school level.
He said, “Someone who can solve simple mathematics problems can quickly reflect and solve societal problems.”
He urged the government to adopt child-friendly strategies with a view to making the dreaded subjects simple.
Elaborating on the invention, he stated that the hip-hop song being invented, tagged MATMusic, comprises song tracks with mathematics ideas, principles, and procedures.
The 2019 WAEC results indicated that out of the 11, 892 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 3,102 obtained five credits, including English and mathematics.
“Learning Mathematics has always been a serious challenge for many learners starting from primary school level across the world. One of the reasons for this is the nature of the subject which is rule-governed and abstract. To do well in mathematics, one has to remember a lot of rules and procedures.
“Past efforts to make the subject learning-friendly focused largely on the preparation of effective teachers and methods of teaching. Songs have also been used as instructional strategies to teach mathematics but there is a dearth of information on efforts targeting child-friendly music to teach mathematics. It was discovered that one of the music types children love to listen to is hip hop music. This is because of the beats, rhythm and danceable melody it has.
“It was also discovered that when children love a piece of given music, they tend to remember all the lyrics. So, if Mathematics principles, formulae, and ideas can be put into a piece of child-friendly music like hip-hop, this should enhance the learning of the subject. It is against this background that hip-hop music on primary mathematics was written and composed. We are still hoping that the government in the South-West would see this invention and embrace it for adoption at the primary school level. The song incorporates the curriculum at the primary basic level.”