Enter the SAMO and advance your mathematical skills!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Enter the SAMO and advance your mathematical skills!

Mathematics is a critical subject to unlocking the potential of young people, and indeed to improve South Africa's long-term economic prospects through the acquisition and application of critical skills to drive our competitiveness.

However, Mathematics is regarded as a difficult subject for many to master, mostly due to the content which has to be taught and understood in the various development grades. The South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), which is the biggest Olympiad in South Africa, aims to advance mathematics and make it a much more approachable subject for all high school learners.

Organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and sponsored by Liberty Group, SAMO is making a positive contribution to the development of critical skills which the country desperately needs to achieve its socio-economic goals.

Entries for the 2018 edition of SAMO are now open and will close on the 2nd of February. All teachers and schools are encouraged to enter their learners who will take part in various challenging tests that will advance their mathematical competencies. By entering the SAMO learners will be exposed to problems that will test and improve their thinking, discovering, and validation of problem solving methods.

In 2017 a record number of 99 862 learners from more 1 282 secondary schools participated in this popular competition.  Quintile 1 and 2 schools can enter up to 100 learners free of charge. South African schools can enter at R32 per learner and schools outside South Africa at R55 per learner. South African schools with more than 100 entrants can enter at a reduced rate of R26 per learner.

Each paper consists of 20 questions with multiple-choice answers and learners have one hour to complete the paper. There is a junior division with separate papers for grades 8 and 9 and a senior division of one paper for grades 10 to 12. The first round of the challenge will take place on the 14th of March and the paper will be an hour long.

Professor Johann Engelbrecht, Executive Director at SAMF, encourages teachers to enter their learners into the Olympiad as this will benefit their schools in a positive way. “Teachers should enter their learners as there are prizes for participating schools at the SAMF annual national awards ceremony which will take place in September. Awards include top participating school, top participating new school, best performing school overall, best MST school and best performing school per quantile,” explained Professor Engelbrecht.

Liberty’s Divisional Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Xolisa Vapi, says that Liberty is honoured to sponsor the Olympiad for the fourth year running.  “At Liberty, our purpose is to enable financial freedom. We have a proud history of supporting education in South Africa, because we believe that it is an important catalyst to unleash a nation's full potential.

For many years now, Liberty has been associated with the development of Mathematics skills in South Africa as part of its comprehensive investments in education which span high schools and university levels to harness technical skills for its bursary beneficiaries.

Liberty's support for the Olympiad is therefore a natural extension of its proud educational development heritage.

 For more information call 012 392 9372 or send an email to The entry form is available online at

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2018/01/28 8:20 AM
Past papers

I am trying to access gade 8 past samo paper with no success. Can you assist?