Gov. Godwin Obaseki has donated N500, 000 to a mathematics teacher in Asoro Grammar School, Mrs Birgitta Okodugha, and N250, 000 each to mathematics teachers in Edokpolo, Deeper Life and University Preparatory schools.
The governor also donated N100, 000 each to 16 students of different schools for doing the state proud in various local and international mathematics competitions.
The competitions were organised by Mathematical Association of Nigeria and National Mathematical Centre.
Obaseki made the donation when he received executive council members of Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Edo Chapter, in Benin on Thursday, saying it was a way to encourage teaching and learning of Mathematics.
He expressed appreciation to the association for simplifying the learning of mathematics and debunking the fear of the subject among students.
The governor said that he would encourage the association to continue as meaningful development in the sciences could only be achieved with sound mathematics foundation.
He promised to redeem all pledges made by his predecessor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to the association within two weeks and provide them transportation whenever they were travelling for competitions.
The governor said he was pleased that majority of the benefiting students were from government-owned Asoro Grammar School.
He promised to find out the secret behind the success of the students to replicate it in schools across the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the association, Prof. Lawrence Aguele, said the association was promoting the learning of mathematics among students and sponsoring teachers for conferences.
Aguele appealed for support from the state government through the provision of a secretariat building and vehicle for movement of pupils to competitions.
Some of the students, Miss Favour Kenya, Miss Victory Ojo and Master Wise Oghogho, thanked the governor for the donation.
The students said the donation would go a long way in helping them to buy more mathematics books and encourage them to perform better in future competitions.
The students described mathematics as an interesting subject.