The event that attracted scores of students from the various secondary schools on the island has been introduced as a new strategy to provide a friendlier and fun filled environment for instructions in the subject of Math.
According to the organizers, the event was designed as a positive step in re-shaping students attitudes towards Mathematics. The one day activity saw a morning of competition between schools and an afternoon of rivalry between individual students.
Other components of the Math Olympiad, said officials, include Teacher Training, Special activities in schools, production of an Olympiad Newsletter and other fun activities organized to retrain the minds of students who feel discouraged with their mathematical ability.
Minister of Education Nigel Carty, who delivered words of encouragement to students as he declared the activity officially open, called on them to take advantage of all the opportunities being provided by Government including the departure from traditional teaching methods in challenging subjects such as Math to a more user friendly and modern approach.
Technical and financial support for the program was provided by the National Commission for UNESCO.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Education has also recently announced that it is currently seeking to fill several positions for Foreign Language Teachers, at the Secondary School level.
Those who are interested must be available to work from September 1, 2012 and possess a pass in French or Spanish at CAPE Units 1 and 2 and at least a Bachelor’s Degree in French or Spanish.
The usual supporting documents including a resume or curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates should accompany applications.
All applications are to be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Information, PO Box 333, Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts. The closing date for receipt of applications is May 31, 2012.