Entries open for Maths Olympiad 2015

DECEMBER 30, 2014

SA Mathematics Foundation has made a call to schools across the country to enter pupils from grades 8 to 12 in the annual maths olympiad when it reopens next year. 
 
Foundation executive director Prof Johann Engelbrecht described mathematics as “the queen of all sciences” as everything in existence was supported by mathematics.
 
“Mathematics has, through the ages, been seen as the queen of all sciences. Everything in existence is supported by mathematics and the prosperity of a country is highly dependent on the state of mathematics in the country,” Engelbrecht said.
 
He said participation in the maths olympiad prepared pupils for tertiary education. The type of mathematical problems that participants face in the olympiad were similar to what can be expected at university level.
 
“Our pupil development programmes start at Grade 4 and the majority of past winners of the high school olympiad have been taking part in our programmes since they were 10 years old.” 
 
The first round of the olympiad has been scheduled for March 12 next year and all the necessary materials such as the final instructions, question papers and certificates will be couriered to the schools as soon as the entry forms were received.
 
Entries for Dinaledi schools are free because they are supported by the Department of Basic Education. The closing date for applications is February 6.
 
The Dinaledi schools were identified with the intention to help children and their schools perform well in mathematics and science. 
 
In 2013, Dylan Nelson of Benoni High School in Gauteng and Lourens van Niekerk of Diamantveld High School in Kimberley, Northern Cape, emerged as joint winners from the 80000 participants.Nkosikhona Mathwasa of Horizon International and Kwando Afrane-Okese of Christ Church Preparatory were named best performing African pupils.