‘Maths is the easiest subject on earth,’ says Babu Owino as he conducts online lesson
Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino on Friday sparked excitement on social media as he conducted an online high school Mathematics lesson.
The MP, for nearly one and a half hours, took Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination candidates through revision of some of the most complex units of Mathematics following school closure over the Covid-19 pandemic.
Starting off by expressing remorse at learners who were unable to access his session due to lack of internet or smartphones, the legislator proudly declared that “Mathematics is the easiest subject on earth.”
Mr. Owino, in the session, covered topics across differentiation, integration as well as trigonometry all the while showing his workings on a whiteboard.
The MP had previously urged the Ministry of Education to ensure KCSE exams are set only from the topics covered by the learners during the period preceding the coronavirus outbreak.
“The Cabinet Secretary of Education Professor George Albert Magoha Omore must submit to my office those exam papers in advance so that I can verify in advance what has not been taught,” he said during a past presser.
After the lesson, Mr. Owino credited his knowledge to his upbringing saying he recognized – from a young age – that “it’s only Education that could get me from the shackles of poverty and I decided to concentrate on it.”
I remember when we used to go without food but still had to soldier on and find my path in life.A path that was to make a difference to my mum and other family members.I had to burn the midnight oil to study at the same time sell chang’aa to raise my school fees. pic.twitter.com/rb1vAFSuyz
— Babu Owino (@HEBabuOwino) May 2, 2020
A large section of Kenyans on Twitter, including KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua, lauded the MP for his skills in Mathematics and for his decision to tutor the learners presently confined to their homes.
— Babu Owino (@HEBabuOwino) May 1, 2020
Iam a mathematician by profession but I can attest you are way above Board!. Pure maths isn't easy!. You are brilliant Sir
— leonard muombi (@leonard_muombi) May 1, 2020
I have seen the clip of Hon. Babu Owino engaged in pedagogical mathematics lesson. Oh men, this is damn thrilling. I can't stop watching it. So this guy is such a gifted teacher, and of mathematics at that? Honestly, I give it to him. Well done Sir. On this you've won my respect!
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS (@EzekielMutua) May 1, 2020
Babu Owino is gifted. The government should give him 'space' in the mainstream media to assist candidates. Salute Babu Owino.
— Where I Come from!! (@Cliffosie) May 1, 2020
Babu Owino is actually seriously teaching math.
Its easy to forget that he got a first class in Actuarial Science. Lol!
— Kalamzinga (@Kalasinga_) May 1, 2020
Caught up with the last minutes of Babu Owino’s revision stream … quick question, what subject can your elected representative including the President tutor high school students?
— Chris-Leo (@Ngaruthi) May 1, 2020
Hate or Love him Babu Owino has today won the votes of man. Teaching is easy but teaching mathematics is no joke. Call him Mugabe of UON but we need this guy on the ballot, immediately. pic.twitter.com/3ARoXVvRTe
— Idi Amin Ruto (@IdiAminRuto) May 1, 2020