2017 Math Contest Results
The results for both junior and senior mathematics contests are out. The displayed results are only for those students who have scored forty marks (40) out of one hundred (100) and above and deserves a certificate. Kindly follow the link to see the results.
The Junior and Senior Mathematics Contests is one of the main activities runned by MAT/CHAHITA. This activity was started 46 years ago, as record shows that the first junior contest was conducted in 1967. Different terms have been used at various times to describe these contests. In general, the Junior contest intends to students in Forms 3-4, and the Senior Contest intends to students in Forms 5-6. The main objective of these contests is to stimulate the interest in mathematics and problem solving. Additional purposes of the contests are to promote excitmenent, enthusiasm, and positive altitudes towards mathematics.
The contests are inteded to be done by respective students countrywide. MAT/CHAHITA always send the invitation letters to schools asking the school authority to send the names of their students whom they think are able to participate in this competition. The contests are normally held in September, few days after MAT/CHAHITA national seminar and before the National form four examinations start.
The contests are mainly taking the current syllabi in mind and provide an opportunity to apply the concepts taught to the students. Most problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most mathematics classes.
TYPE OF QUESTIONS
The contests have expanded over the years to the respective level to include questions from Algebra, Geometry, Combinatorics and Number theory. The contests consist of two different papers which are done on two different days. Paper One consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. Contestants are expected to attempt all questions within three hours on a answer sheet provided. Paper Two consists of 5 questions. A contestant is supposed to attempt all the questions. The award of marks, however, depends on how a candidate argues the case to arrive at a final numerical solution. This paper is also timed for three hours. The answer sheets for paper two are supposed to be provided to the contestants by their respective schools.
The school authority is required to choose a staff to supervise these examinations. The answer sheets for Papers One and Two are required to be sent by post to the contests organizer immediately after both questions papers have been done.
The PAMO(Pan African Mathematics Olympiads) is a prestigious event of the African Mathematics Union (AMU) organized each year in an African country. The best students in Mathematics of the Secondary education who are less than 20 years old are invited to compete. The main objective of PAMO is to encourage youthful talent in Mathematics and to exchange information on curricula and teaching methods in mathematics across the African content.
Mathematics contests and olympiads are of high value for promoting public awareness of mathematics, stimulating intersest and enjoyment of the subject on schools. This will definitely improve the level of mathematics education.
MAT/CHAHITA also encourages the first three particularly senior contest winners to participate in the PAMO. The PAMO participants join the training pool for the subsequent year competition, which normally takes place in June. Last year three candidates participated in the PAMO competition which took place in Tunis and one Tanzania particpant won a bronze medal. This year we had four participants and one of them won a bronze medal. The competition took place in from June 22 – July 2, 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria.
RESULTS PUBLICATION AND AWARDS OFFERING
The results are approved by the National Committee of MAT/CHAHITA usually during January NC meeting and been published thereafter on the Department of Mathematics web site www.maths.udsm.ac.tz/mat The awards are offered during the pi- day celebrations which are held on 14th March of each year.
CONTESTS AT THE ZONES’ LEVEL
There are some zones which have already started mathematics contests. We congraturate them for this good move and encourage those who haven’t started to do the same. This is a level where we can identify the potential students whom we you can register for the contests at the national level.
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