Mathematics Challenge – entries awaited

Mathematics Challenge - entries awaited

There are only two weeks left to unlock primary school kids’ mathematical potential.
The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is challenging all primary school teachers and parents to enter their young learners in the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC). The closing date for entries is 15 April 2016.
The SAMC is open for grade 4 – 7 learners and is organised by the SAMF in collaboration with the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA). The entry fee is R10 per learner (in South Africa), which is payable on entering for the first round. Quantile 1 and 2 schools can enter free of charge. Last year more than 104 000 learners from 486 schools participated in the annual competition. The first round of the challenge will be written the week of 9 to 13 May and those who qualify for the final round will write on 27 July.
Professor Johann Engelbrecht, executive director at the SAMF, encourages teachers and parents to enter their learners for the Challenge. “The Challenge is not a scholastic test, but it tests conceptual knowledge, the application of knowledge in new situations, problem solving skills and general mathematical thinking,” explains Professor Engelbrecht.
He expressed his appreciation to many schools that organise their own mathematics competitions and encourages more schools to do likewise. “The SAMC, however, is the prestige national challenge and ALL primary schools should participate in this event, even if they have their own competitions.”
It aims to popularise mathematics by developing and disseminating material that may contribute to meaningful mathematical activity in classrooms. It also supports the new curriculum and helps South Africans to become empowered independent critical and creative thinkers. The Best Performing School (last year it was the Sweet Valley Primary School in Cape Town) is presented with an award at the SAMF annual award function to be held later this year. Other awards include Best New Performing School, Best Participating School and Best Performing per Quantile schools.
For more information regarding entry into the SAMC kindly call 012-392-9372 or e-mail