No way but up for Pinoy math wizards


Posted at Jul 05 2012 03:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2012 11:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – There’s no way to go but up for the country’s math wizards as the government is helping them further develop their potential.

The Department of Education has teamed up with the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG) to conduct a qualifying examination for math geniuses in public and private elementary and high schools nationwide on July 21. Those who will pass the exam will undergo further training.

“Qualifiers will be given a chance to further enhance their mathematical skills through a series of intensive training so that we can optimize their full potential,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a statement.

A 12-Saturday program called Mathematical Challenge for Filipino Kids will give the country’s math wizards a chance to participate in different math contests.

These include the Mathematics Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools, American Mathematics Competitions, Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, Canadian Mathematics Competitions – Pascal, Caley, Fermat Contests, Rio Tinto Big Science International Competitions, and International Competition and Assessment for School Mathematics, Science and English.

The Philippines has been receiving several medals in math competitions thanks to support from schools and the MTG, which provides training materials for students.

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