Young mathematicians in action

Two coastal teams took on each other at the annual Maths Challenge championships.

21 July 2019 | Education

André le Roux, Bank Windhoek PR Manager; The future looks bright for students.

Swakopmund

The Walvis Bay Cluster team emerged as the overall winners of the recently concluded Bank Windhoek Coastal Maths Challenge.

Private School Swakopmund once again won the title as the best performing school for a third consecutive time.

Edwina Kamatoto from Walvis Bay Private High School won gold as the best grade 8 mathematician in the individual category.

Sebastian Garrard from Private School Swakopmund took gold in the grade 9 category and Dylan Kreiner from Private School Swakopmund won gold as the best individual grade 10 mathematician.

The annual Bank Windhoek Coastal Maths Challenge saw 72 learners from 14 different schools competing on 10 July.

The second and final round of the competition pitted learners from seven different Swakopmund schools (Swakopmund Cluster team) against learners from seven Walvis Bay schools (Walvis Bay Cluster team).

The first round of the competition required learners to complete a multiple choice maths questionnaire and that took place in June. The event saw 1 256 learners from 17 coastal secondary schools participate.

The second round was more intricate, with learners being tested by means of a speed, multiple choice and a team test.

The competition has been challenging scholars from grade 8 to grade 10 in their mathematical abilities since 2014.

It aims to give learners the opportunity to do problem solving in a challenging but fun context, as well as motivate teachers and learners to engage in problem solving activities more often.

The tests are set according to international standards and local mathematics teachers are not associated with the marking and grading of the tests.

Magret Courtney-Clarke, organiser and initiator of the annual event, thanked Bank Windhoek for its support and added that the tradition could not have lived on without it.

André le Roux, public relations manager of Bank Windhoek, said the banking institution believes that by investing in the Coastal Maths Challenge, it is investing in the future.

He noted that amidst problems concerning job security and debates concerning artificial intelligence, being properly equipped with mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills is definitely an aid.

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