The 16th edition of Annual National Mathematics Competition, a yearly organised competition for Maths enthusiasts in Primaries five and six across Nigeria by Nigerian Tulip International Colleges and National Mathematics Centre, rounded off in grandeur as 48 exceptional pupils were rewarded with 100 per cent tuition fee that covers their entire secondary school year at any NTIC school branch.
Disclosing this in his opening speech, the managing director of NTIC, Sabri UNAL, stated, “for 16 years, NTIC has been promoting effective teaching and learning of maths at the primary levels and developing greater capacity through its Annual National Mathematics Competition.”
According to him, “In this edition of ANMC, about 40,000 pupils took the test in various states across Nigeria”.
Recounting on the journey so far with ANMC, the managing director, Mr Sabri, observed that, “the competition, which started in 2003, is now a nationwide prestigious competition that is responsible for churching great talents in the subject of mathematics.
“The main reason for the competition was to deal with the phobia for mathematics among our children because maths is the foundation for anything you want to do or be in life and the competition has helped in achieving this objective.
“Many of our pupils nationwide now spend more time studying and understanding mathematics, which has helped to a great extent, in reducing the level of phobia for the subject among our children.”
According to him, “NTIC has been the only sponsor of this competition, while the National Mathematical Centre, has assisted in its organisation.
During the ceremony, the top three positions were awarded with full tuition plus cash prizes that ranged from N100, 000- N300, 000. Their maths teachers were not left out as they too received cash prices up to N200, 000.
Their schools were also included in the reward with gifts that ranged from giant size photocopiers to desktop computers, printers and smart phones.
The first position went to Ejezie T Euzebius from Mount Olive School, Anambra State, while Jessica James from Pleroma International School, Rivers and Tamunodumotein Sekibo from Tender Year Preparatory School, Abuja, took the second and third positions respectively.
The coordinator of the exam, Mr Yerkin Shaimerdenov, speaking to our correspondence, stated, “since the inception of the competition in 2003, 171,631 pupils have participated in the competition across Nigeria and NTIC has offered 100 per cent scholarship that covers tuition plus hostel fee for six years (throughout secondary school) to 180 outstanding students who have participated in the competition”.
Mr Shaimerdenov further observed that, “some of the students that came into NTIC through ANMC have been harnessed and are doing remarkably well in their endeavours.”
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of N50, 000, 000 cheque by Access Bank to NTIC to support the school in the organising of ANMC.
L-R: The director, NTIC, Mr Sabri Unal; overall winner, Ejezie Eusebius; representative of Access Bank, Mrs Chizoma Okoli at the ANMC prize award ceremony at Nile University Campus Abuja, yesterday.
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