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A pupil of Pyramid Learning Academy in Anambra state whose name has been given as Nwakuche Chidubem has been announced as the winner of the 20th edition of the Annual National Mathematics Competition (ANMC) for Primary 5, 6, and JSS3 students.
The Eastern Updates reports that Chidubem, who was adjudged the overall winner of the contest, received a cash prize of N100,000, a computer set for the school, and a full scholarship to the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC)
Amah Chibuike from Diamond Special School in Imo state came second and got a cash prize of N75,000, a tablet for the school as well as a full scholarship to study at NTIC.
Mofiyinoluwa Joshua of St. Saviour’s School in Lagos state came third and was given N50,000, a printer and a full scholarship to NTIC.
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In the JSS category, Chukwunwike Ezebube of NTIC came top and was recognised with a certificate.
The annual competition was organised by NTIC in collaboration with the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) to promote the study of the subject.
Speaking at the event, Feyzullah Bilgin, managing director of NTIC, said there is a need for students to embrace the study of mathematics to enjoy successful science-related careers.
‘Mathematics is the key of all the science subjects and when a person is very good at maths, the person is going to be able to think abstractly and highly,” he said.
“The study of mathematics will help the student become successful in anything, including other subjects.
“In the past in Greece where philosophers were famous and active, they had an academia and at the gate was written: ‘no one can enter if you do not know mathematics.”
In his remark, Promise Mebine, NMC director-general, described mathematics as the language of science on which “the future is built”.
The DG, who was represented by Jonathan Ogidi, head of international linkages and advancement at the centre, said any nation that “does not prioritise mathematics would have no future.