Students stood out in Mathematics Olympiad

Koos Degenaar -- Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:14

Students stood out in Mathematics Olympiad

Students from the NWU Mafikeng Campus recently participated in the South African Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad where they were exposed to problems that tested and improved their critical thinking skills.  For the first time in history since the ten years of merger, three BSc students stood out from the rest and made it to top 15. 

The Maths Olympiad is organised by the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), and was hosted this year by the NWU Mafikeng Campus.  Rapelang Lekwene (third year, Mathematics and Statistics), Morubane Thabang (second year, mathematics and statistics) and Tlotlo Phawe (second year, Mathematics and statistics) had to complete a three-hour paper consisting of twenty questions which tested mathematical problem solving skills and ingenuity. 

For a first time Olympiads participant Morubane Thabang, who got above 90% total average for his final results in Applied Mathematics during the first semester, this was just another achievement in his life.  Thabang does not only assist learners in high schools to improve their mathematics marks but also his student instructor in the university.

Although Tlotlo Phawe achieved a distinction during his final exam Mathematics results in first semester, he is adamant to get 90% in the next semester. Phakwe who is in top15 hopes to move to top 10 next year.

All participants convey thanks to their mentor Dr Olivier Olela Otafudu who ensured that they are well equipped and ready for any equation.