Rishe Gnanasekaran, a 12-year-old pupil of Indian Language School in Lagos, on Saturday has emerged as South West winner of the 15th Annual National Mathematics Competition.
The competition that was organized by Nigerian Tulip International Colleges in partnership with National Mathematics Centre, Abuja for primary five and six pupils of various schools that were held nationwide.
About 39,000 pupils across the region have participated in the mathematics competition, while the best 12 pupils, their teachers, and schools have won several prizes.
Scholarships will be given to all the winners covering their tuition and accommodation. The cash prize of N300,00 was been given to the overall winner. while the teacher got the sum of N150, 000 and the school got a photocopy machine.
The second prize winner was given the sum of N200,000, the teacher collected N100,000 and the school a desktop computer. The third prize winner walked away with the sum of N100,000 and the teacher got N75, 000. The prize for the school is a printer. Winners that emerged from the fourth place, up to the 12th place and their teachers also got numerous cash prizes.
Mr. Ercan Yilmaz, Principal NTIC, stated that the competition has been organized by the college for the past 15 years, and it was aimed at developing greater capacity and also promoting effective teaching and learning of mathematics at the primary levels. Mr. Ercan Yilmaz said there nothing more essential for the future of our countries and Nigerian citizens than high quality education.
“The Annual National Mathematics Competition (ANMC) has been ongoing for the past 15 years for all states in the country and we here in Lagos are in charge of 9 states namely: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Delta and Edo States. “We had 39, 600 pupils from 36 states across Nigeria who participated in this year`s competition and seated among us here are champions.
“As we celebrate the 15th edition winners of 2018 ANMC, various scholarships will be given today to these future changers; schools will be encouraged and so many Math teachers here will go home motivated and elated,” he said.
Director-General, Office of Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyobo, said the prize giving ceremony was a reward for their hard work and a preparation for future challenges and leadership role of young leaders.