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Last leg of mathematics Olympiad under way

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The SAMO is the biggest Olympiad in the country and it consists of three different rounds for grade 8 to 12 learners. More than 85 000 learners from 1 044 schools participated in the first round in March. Learners who obtained 50% and above qualified for the second round of the Olympiad. A total of 14 221 learners wrote the second round in May and  the best 198 learners from this round  qualified for the final round which will be written at 34 centres around the country .

 Arthur Moeletsane, CSI Specialist at Liberty comments: “The top 198 learners who have made it into the final round of the Maths Olympiad have demonstrated outstanding discipline and dedication. As the main sponsor of the SAMO we would like to congratulate them for a job well done so far, while also motivating them to stay on course and produce the best results they can in the final round.  Mathematics opens up a world of possibilities for learners in the tertiary environment and in the working world. We hope to see these learners grow in both their studies and their future careers.”

Chantyl Mulder, Executive Director of Nation Building at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), co-sponsor of the SAMO, conveyed her best wishes to the learners taking part in the final round. “SAICA wishes all the learners taking part good luck for the final round. Being among those who have taken maths after Gr 9 and are passing it well enough to study maths-required courses as university, you are the future of medicine, engineering chartered accountancy and many other scarce-skill professions here in South Africa. We are so proud of all of you for accepting this challenge and for doing so well.”

The SAMC aims to improve the mathematical abilities of grades 4 to 7 learners. A total of 50 848 learners from 574 schools participated in the first round of the SAMC, which took place in May. The final round of the SAMC is for learners who achieved 50% or more in the first round. More than 15 000 learners from 412 schools qualified for the final round.

Professor Johann Engelbrecht, Executive Director at the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) wishes all the learners the best of luck for the final rounds. “Having made it this far in both the Olympiad and the Challenge show an important skill which is required to make it in the world. Good luck to all the learners who are writing on the 27th of July,” explained Professor Engelbrecht.

The national SAMF awards will take place on the 24th of September and will honour learners, teachers and schools who have done well in the SAMO, SAMC and other SAMF projects throughout the year. The awards include the top performing and top participating schools in the SAMC and SAMO, as well as the SAMO’s junior and senior top 10 national medallists.

The SAMO and SAMC are organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). For more information call 012 392 9372 or send an email to info@samf.ac.za.

 

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