Over 10,000 Secondary School Girls Participate In 2016 Maths Olympiad

Over 10,000 Secondary School Girls drawn from the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory took part in the national stage of this year’s Pan African Mathematics Olympiad for Girls (PAMO-G).

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The competition is to select girl students to represent the country in next year’s Pan African Mathematics Olympiad for Girls.

A press statement by Head, Information, National Mathematical Centre(NMC), Mr Onyekachi Njoku, said the competition which was initiated by the African Mathematical Union (AMU) is to elicit and sustain the interest of girl students in the subject.

He said the President, African Mathematical Union and Director/Chief Executive of the National Mathematical Centre, Prof. Adewale Solarin while speaking in Abuja, said the competition is also aimed at dealing with the inherent phobia associated with mathematics and the sciences.

The AMU President stressed that as a result of the obvious gender bias in mathematics and the mathematical sciences, the Union evolved the competition to strengthen the teaching and learning of science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to develop a critical mass of young female scientists in sub-saharan Africa.

He observed that with the depleting number of higher level manpower in the continent’s academia in mathematics and core sciences something critical and urgent needs to be done to encourage the young ones to pursue courses in these areas and specialties.

The NMC Chief Executive stated that the competition would engender cooperation, collaboration and encourage the exchange of ideas among African students and teachers which would help to improve the standard of education in the continent.

He stressed that since education is critical to the rapid development of the continent, the African Mathematical Union is doing everything possible to ensure that African mathematicians are comparable with their counterparts elsewhere.

Solarin gave the assurance that Nigeria would present its best girl students to compete with the rest of Africa.

The competition which began in 2014 is in the Junior and Senior categories. The best girls in each state of the federation would be crowned mathematics queens while the African Queen would subsequently emerge at the continental championship.

Source: Leadership