13-year-old wins national Mathematics competition for girls

13-year-old wins national Mathematics competition for girls

- A 13-year-old, Tochukwu Ndukwe, has emerged the overall winner of the Nigerian Mathematics Queen Competition for 2018

- 115 female students of junior secondary schools across the country participated in the competition

- One of the objectives of the competition was to stimulate enthusiasm in the learning of Mathematical Sciences among young Nigerian girls

A teenager, Tochukwu Ndukwe, 13, from Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Leeja, Nsukka, Enugu state on Wednesday, April 10 emerged the overall winner of the Nigerian Mathematics Queen Competition for 2018.

Saibu Medina from FESTAC College, Lagos, took second position while Olayiwola Adedagun, FGGC, Ketu, Osun came third at the competition, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that 115 female students of junior secondary schools across the country participated in the Girls’ Mathematics Olympiad Competition, organised by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the ceremony, Prof Stephen Onah, director of the NMC, said that the competition was aimed at encouraging and addressing the gap between males and females in the learning and teaching of Mathematics in the country.

Onah said the maiden edition with the slogan ‘Leaving No One Behind’ of SDGs Mathematics Competition and Award Ceremony for the crowning of Nigeria Mathematics Queen was geared towards achieving SDGs 4.

‘‘The Nigerian girl student has been placed in a disadvantaged position especially in the area of education which has relegated her in the general scheme of things.

‘‘Being a victim of discrimination and male chauvinism, the girl-child hardly could compete educationally with her male counterpart.

‘‘This attitude has badly affected the girl child’s education in the area of enrollment in school, performance in class and her quest to progress educationally.

‘‘The girl child’s low interest in Mathematics is a serious concern to NMC and it is on this note that we encourage and boost the interest of the girl-student in Mathematics,’’ he said.

He added that one of the objectives of the competition was to stimulate enthusiasm in the learning of Mathematical Sciences among young Nigerian girls.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that four Nigerian students won bronze at the International Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology which took place in Tunisia.

The young scholars, identified as Ugwuish Ogonna, Chuka-Umeora Anthony, Nwachukwu Daniel and Machi Dominic, are students of St John’s Science and Technical College, Anambra state.

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