GDE recently acknowledged and rewarded learners who performed well in Mathematics during the Maths Week Awards Ceremony held at Sci- Bono Discovery Centre.
Speaking at the ceremony Mr Stephen Tebeila, the Deputy Chief Education Specialist, encouraged learners to practice the subject and persevere. He emphasised that doing Mathematics is like riding a bicycle.
“A mathematics learner needs to keep practicing daily for good performance like a cyclist needs to keep riding to keep the balance,” said Mr Tebeila
Maths Week encourages learners to study the subject and exposes them to various careers that they can pursue. Learners also received valuable information on how to study towards a degree in Actuarial Science.
According to Ndavuko Mvubu and Kemoratile Sithole from Soshanguve East Secondary School, the information was valuable. “We were not aware that one must write 15 professional board examinations before qualifying as an Actuarial Scientist. We were not even aware about this profession,” said the excited learners.
Although all 15 districts were allowed to participate in the competition, only seven districts took part in the competition. The number of schools that participated is 67 with 3748 grade 10 learners, 2602 grade 11 learners and 1665 grade 12 learners.
The best six performing learners in the three grades were given tablets. Learners in this category were Chirindza Kefilwe, Vengwa Africa, Mayathula Sinuthemba, Mandla Phiri, Mashibini Moeketsi and Thapelo Lenzi.
The next best performing learners were each given a calculator and a study guide. In this category the learners were Ndabuku Mvumbu and Anna Mimbini. The runner up category had Rose Khoza, Paballo Kutu, Mhlengi Khumalo and Keletso Manamela. Kefilwe Chirandza from Lodirile Secondary School in Swaneville, The Gauteng West District dedicated the award to the school and the maths teacher.