The 2019 Old Mutual Olympiad Mathematics National Competition


This year’s sixth Old Mutual Olympiad Mathematics National Competition took place at Mzuzu University from 2nd January – 4th January 2019. 74 Secondary schools across the country including new comers like Kamuzu Academy and Bedir International participated in the competition.


On 4th January 2019 Old Mutual Insurance Company Limited in partnership with Mzuzu University’s department of Mathematics and Statistics awarded certificates, cash and secondary school mathematics books prizes to winners of the Old Mutual Olympiad Mathematics National Competition at a function that took place at the new Mzuzu University Centre for Open and Distance Learning Campus.


George Sambo, Operations Manager for Old Mutual Pensions Services Company who was guest of honour at the event congratulated the finalist and winners of the competition. He encouraged them to continue working hard in mathematics so that they always ‘be above average’ in their performance.


In his remarks Mzuzu University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Fred Msiska expressed gratitude to the company for the financial support towards the annual event. He assured Old Mutual that every coin pumped into the management of the competition has been put to its proper and intended use.


This year’s competition pooled together 168 students from 74 secondary schools. ‘This year’s competition saw interest from international secondary schools as sign of the positive impact brought by the competition, and also due to costs of running the competition, participating schools were told to trim the number of participants from the required 3 to 2’, according to the Coordinator of the competition in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Nephtali Mumba.


Mathematics knowledge remains a driver for the economic development of the country and forms a basis for many other science disciplines hence the need to promote mathematics learning.


Mzuzu Government Secondary School’s Patel Gideon took first position in the competition, Happy Kadam’manja from Robert Blake Secondary School took second position, Roosevelt Mwandudu from Chilumba Secondary School took third position, Potipher Tsonga from Robert Blake secondary school was on fourth position and Christopher Gent from Blantyre secondary school was Fifth in competion.


In the category of schools, Robert Blake Secondary School took first position, the second position went to Blantyre Secondary School and the third position was taken by Chilumba Secondary School with the fourth best going to Chitipa Secondary School. The fifth best secondary school award went to St. Mary’s Secondary School.


Also receiving recognition at the awards was the best Community Day Secondary Schools and Nchalo CDSS took position one followed by Dzaleka CDSS.


The competition involves a series of mathematics tests from where semi-finalists, finalists and then winners are selected. This year’s event saw 28 pupils making it into the finalist category in which the top five were selected.


All finalist went away with a certificate and some cash. Female finalist received an additional MK10,000 for making it to the finals. The best schools received mathematics books and their mathematics teachers received cash.


The overall winner went away with K300 000 cash, a certificate and a trophy.


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