Math wizards jockey for international Olympiad slots
The Mathematics Society of the Philippines will hold its 15th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad to stimulate the improvement of Math education in the country by creating widespread interest and appreciation of Math among students.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said math should not be intimidating if our students open their eyes to its beauty as a mental discipline. "Math has many important uses in our daily lives and contests like this will make it more familiar to us,” added Luistro.
The Olympiad will be carried out in three stages starting with a qualifying stage on October 13, 2012. It is a two-hour multiple choice exam consisting of 30 questions. This is for high school students nationwide.
The next is area stage on November 17 consisting of 20 questions. There will be testing centers in each of the regions for advancing participants from the qualifying stage.
The final stage is on January 26, 2013 made up of written and oral competition among the top 20 participants from the area stage. This will be held in Manila.
The winners of the PMO will automatically qualify for the Mathematics training team in preparation for the 2013 International Mathematical Olympiad – the largest and most prestigious international math competitions among high school students around the world.
Source: Department of Education Press Release