By Favour Nnabugwu
ABUJA—No fewer than 25,000 pupils from primary schools across the country are to participate in this year’s national mathematics competition.
The annual competition, organised by the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges, NTIC, in collaboration with the National Mathematical Centre, NMC, holds simultaneously nationwide on February 16, 2013.
The number of participants increased from the 17,500 who took part in last year’s edition.
In an interview with Vanguard in Abuja yesterday, NTIC Principal, Mr Sobril Unal, said the competition was geared towards awakening pupils’ passion and interest in mathematics.
He said the competition would be held at the same time on the said date in the 36 states, and FCT, with all the participating pupils answering 75 objective questions; 35 algebra; 15 geometry and 25 aptitude within 120 minutes.
He said further: “The most successful three students from each state will be invited to the Final Stage to represent their schools and states. After this stage, the top 20 students and their teachers will receive certificates, medals, cash prizes and some gifts”.
Also speakimg to Vanguard, the Head of Department of mathematics in NTIC, who is also the coordinator of the competition, Mr Yunus Esencayi, explained that the competition would help stare up students interest and desires for mathematics which they hitherto found difficult and boring to cope with.
According to him, “students are generally afraid of mathematics because it difficult to cope with the aritimetics hence lost interest but as a competition, it helps to arouse their interest and passion for mathematics.
“Pupils all around Nigeria are going to have the chance to show their talents in this competition. We are putting effort to encourage students and their teachers to work harder. It is our happiness to see that more than twenty thousand students and their teachers are preparing for this competition. It has been 10 years since its inception.
“Now, in the 10th anniversary, we still have the same motivation to do more for Nigeria without any hesitation”
The coordinator said that emerging winners of the competition would be awarded scholarships to NTIC and their teachers also would go home in pride with prizes for job well done
Also, the Director of National Mathematical Center, Prof. Adewale Solarin, stated that the motive was to catch the pupils.
He said, “This competition enables us to discover bright students of future when they are just Primary 5&6. We need to reach those pupils in the young ages to train them for International Mathematics Olympiads. They will be the future representatives of Nigeria in various international competitions”