Photos left: Sanjay Tallapaneni, right: Cameron Beesley
Congratulations to Cameron Beesley and Sanjay Tallapaneni, both in Grade 9 at St Charles College, Pietermaritzburg, who have qualified to write in the third round of the Mathematics Olympiad. What an outstanding achievement!
The second round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad was written on the 18th of May, with only the best 100 senior and 100 junior learners qualifying for the third and final round.
On Wednesday morning, 28 July, the boys wrote their examination at St Anne’s Diocesan College. – Mrs Charlotte Pillay (Head of Mathematics)
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SAMF as NPC was subsequently established in 2004 and serves as a national office for mathematics. The office is powered by a superb team of professionals who work co-operatively with government, schools and other stakeholders in order to improve maths education in South Africa.
Conscious that the future prosperity of South Africa depends on increased numbers of mathematically qualified personnel, the two professional societies for mathematics in the country, the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) and the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA), together representing the entire mathematics community in South Africa, acknowledge that there are common areas of operation in terms of mathematics development and education in this country and hence the need to pool the resources of the two organisations to meet the challenges.
Aims and objectives:
To create a mathematically enabling environment, which provides opportunities for all learners to develop to their fullest potential
To inculcate a culture of mathematics.
To appreciate and acknowledge the critical role of mathematics in the technological environment.
To create a broad base for mathematics participation by all stakeholders specifically including the learners and mathematics educators.
To create opportunities for global interaction and competitiveness.
To popularise mathematics among all South Africans and to assist in improving the public image of mathematics in South Africa, acknowledging the critical role of mathematics in the technological environment.
To develop programmes that will contribute to the mathematical development of all South Africans.
To impact positively on the standard of mathematics teaching and learning.
To promote research in mathematics and mathematics Education.
To enable educators to participate in co-curricular programmes in order to provide them with the necessary skills and confidence to meet the challenges of curriculum changes.
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