The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela congratulated all schools which sacrificed their Saturday morning by taking part in the Maths Olympiad competition held at Maemo Motors in Rustenburg, on Saturday, 21 September 2019.

The aim of the event was to increase the taste for Mathematics from learners within the province, while using a competitive medium not only to compete but to instill the fun in Mathematics. This platform is able to showcase their talent in Arithmetic, communication, application of Math concepts and teamwork skills, and making sure that they are able to see content and concepts like Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus,etc.

This second annual Maths Olympiad competition was hosted by the Tunisi Program which is a non – governmental organisation, wherein schools brought their best students in mathematics to battle it out in the competition with other schools. The competition further aimed at not only pushing learners to getting better grades but to choose mathematics as their future career.

The Tunisi Program targeted schools in Rustenburg area this year with a hope of including other schools across the province in the future. The schools which took part in the 2019 Maths Olympiad were namely: Bafokeng, Keledi, Molotlegi, Mmanape, Matsukubyane, Kitsong, Thethe, Charora, Matsukubyane, Sekete, Tshukudu, Geelhout Park, Mangope and HF TLou Secondary schools.

The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela emphasized that, the three streaming model will encourage schools to be pure technical schools.

“I would like to congratulate all schools which took part in the Maths Olympiad, as this will motivate our learners not to be scared in following mathematics. In onr ten point plan priorities we have Reading and the Three stream model. Our aim as a department is to have the three stream model whereby some schools will do pure Maths, physical science, agricultural science, etc. This competition came at a right time when our learners are preparing themselves to write their final examinations.

“We further want to commend Tunisi Program for supporting our campaign called “Ngwana ke sejo, oa tlhakanelwa”. This campaign is calling all stakeholders to support learners as they are preparing themselves for their final examinations”, said MEC Matsemela.

Kelebogile Legari the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Tunisi Program highlighted that their primary objective is to make sure that learners develop an interest in understanding mathematics and they don’t view it as a difficult subject. He said their plan is to spread this programme to the entire country.

The first position was obtained by Mmanape Secondary School, whilst the second position was scooped by Charora Secondary School and the third position went to Mangope Technical School and the schools were awarded with trophies and medals.

Author: tkhechane