International online maths competition launched in Marhulana Primary School

A Grade 6 learner of Marhulana Primary School taking part in the 60-minute online competition.

Starting from November 1, learners from Grades R to Six around the country will be able to register for the International Online Competition in Mathematics called BRICSmath.com.

Learners receive individual logins and passwords and can solve Mathematics tasks on any device connected to the Internet.

On November 1, the Grade Six learners of Marhulana Primary School in Xubeni Section gained access to the International Online Competition in Mathematics when the National Department of Basic Education: Curriculum Innovation and E-Learning Deputy Director, Pule Sechaba and Chief representative of the Russian Embassy, Pavel Novozhilov joined by the Chinese Embassy representative LIU Licheng officially launched the International Online Competition in Mathematics which is offered in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

From right: National Department of Basic Education: Curriculum Innovation and E-Learning deputy director, Pule Sechaba and chief representative of the Russian Embassy, Pavel Novozhilov (behind) joined by the Chinese Embassy representative Liu Licheng press the start button when they officially launched the International Online Competition of BricsMath.com.

Representatives from Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s office, Ekurhuleni North District and the School Governing Body (SGB) attended the launch.

About 15 Grade 6 learners of Marhulana had to sit for 60 minutes when they took part in the main round of the competition for the very first time after the official launch.

At the launch, Pule Sechaba said the purpose of the competition was to bring learners from the five countries together and unite them through building a common interest in Mathematics. The competition also contributed to the joint efforts of BRICS countries to drive the progress of global education.

“BRICSMath consists of fun and interactive tasks in game form. The tasks get learners to think out of the box but do not require any in-depth knowledge of the school curriculum. Every child can participate regardless of his or her level of knowledge, social and geographical background – a computer or tablet and internet access is required. It is an opportunity to expose our learners to excellence,” added Sechaba.

Marhulana Primary School principal Sarah Mahlagare expresses her gratitude to the visitors.

Marhulana Primary School is the only school representing the country at the moment. Russian Embassy representative Novozhilov said the quality of education in South Africa especially in Mathematics will grow thanks to the fact that any learner from any South African primary school will be able to participate wherever and whenever they choose to do so.

“Children are the most important people in any level. This competition will help unite our children and make them happy,” added Novozhilov.

Meanwhile Marhulana Primary School principal, Sarah Mahlagare, said the BRICSMaths competition is a brilliant idea since they are struggling in mathematics.

“I am happy for the learners and more especially because big things are happening in our school in the year that we are celebrating our 60 years of existence. The competition result will help us identify where our learners are lagging behind. We encourage learners to utilise the programme and register even at home,” added Mahlagare.

A Grade 6 learner, Timothy Mushaikwa, who took part in the 60-minute competition, topped 15 learners when he achieved better results than they did in the competition.

“The competition was all fun; however, some of the tasks were difficult. It’s more playful and helps one to think out of the box,” added Mushaikwa.

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Malebo Tseke
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