SA kids shine at Mental Maths Championships in South Korea


The PAMA Global Mental Maths Championship took place on Wednesday, December 28, in Seoul Korea.

The 26 students representing South Africa produced impressive results.

Seven-year-old Stiaan Scheepers received a Champion award after battling it out against 64 other 6 and 7-year-olds at the Championship.

A total of 435 students competed in five age group levels - with countries including South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Canada, United States and India present.

Stiaan, a Grade One student at Laerskool Protea Park in Rustenburg easily completed 30 multiplication sums, such as 296 X 7, in under two minutes mentally, without the use of a calculator.

He achieved a final score of 98%. Stiaan is not the only member of the Scheepers family to achieve top results at PAMA Global, his older brother Louis, received a Silver award.

Top students Ethan Kirstein, 13, and Le Roux Heyneke, 10, took Gold in their respective categories. Le Roux Heyneke narrowly missed the Champion award by 1.5%.

"We are incredibly proud of our students' performance at this year's PAMA Awards. Our results improve year after year and we are excited to compete once again in December 2017.

"Special thanks goes out to our teachers who have played a vital role in the success of our students," said A+ Students founder, Marlene Mouton.

The competition was extremely tight, but the A+ Students little geniuses proved hard work and tenacity pay off.

The final results are as follows:  PAMA A (6+7 years old catagory) Stiaan Scheepers - champion, PAMA C (10 +11), Le Roux Heyneke GOLD, PAMA D (12-14), Ethan Kirstein - GOLD, 2nd Runner Up (Silver)  for 10 students, 3rd Runner Up (Bronze) for 13 students.

For more info on A+ Students, please visit their website and for more on the PAMA awards please visit PAMA Global.

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