Star College pupils shine in maths contest

2014-07-31 00:00

“WHEN everything works it’s like scoring a goal in soccer,” said Suvir Doodnath, a Grade 6 pupil at Star College in Westville.

Doodnath had just completed the final round in the South African Mathematics Challenge. Had he scored any goals? “I got over 20.” Not bad, considering the top score is 25.

He was one of several pupils taking part in the Challenge from Star College Boys’ High School and the adjacent Star College Girls’ High School in Westville.

Yesterday, while thousands of primary school pupils countrywide were competing in the final round of the South African Mathematics Challenge, secondary schools participating in KwaZulu-Natal also competed.

Co-ordinated by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) plus the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (Amesa) and sponsored by Sasol, the Challenge aims to breed a generation of school pupils who enjoy mathematics.

“We thought let’s celebrate high schools as well in KZN,” said Daniel Krupanandan, the regional organiser. “It’s a celebration of good teaching and learning and it provides an opportunity to children who are excelling in maths.”

Grade 9 pupil Keshaylin Govender has been winning gold in the Challenge since Grade 3.

“I enjoy the challenge of maths and the feeling you get when you solve a really hard question. Like the big equations — and at the end the answer is one or zero,” she said.


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