Schools show power of maths
Three schools emerged victorious in the National Bank of Dominica (NBD) and Ministry of Education Math Power Contest.
The Lighthouse Christian Academy, Portsmouth Secondary School (PSS) and the St. Mary's Academy all emerged winners at the competition which was held at the Arawak House of Culture on April 20.
In the primary school category of the competition the Light House Christian Academy emerged winner; in second place was the St John's Primary and in third place the St Martin's Primary.
In the lower secondary school category the Portsmouth Secondary School emerged winners; in second place was the St. Mary's Academy and in third place was the St. John's Academy.
In the upper secondary category, the St. Mary's Academy won the competition; in second place was the Portsmouth Secondary and in third place was the Orion Academy.
"Our hope for this initiative that it will inspire our children to have a greater interest in mathematics which we all know is a cornerstone for basic education and help to improve our overall performance," said the Marketing Manager of the National Bank of Dominica, Suzanne Joseph Piper.
Minister of Education Petter Saint Jean said to the students who participate in the Math Power Contest demonstrate that mathematics matters and students can be successful in what is usually deemed as a difficult subject to grasp.
He said that the reason that the reason for hosting this competition is for students to develop an, "appreciation for the study of mathematics as well as encouraging our students to develop the kind of work ethic that is necessary to excel in the area of mathematics."
Saint Jean noted that the Ministry of Education believes that mathematics education is of paramount to turn out well rounded students who can make a meaningful contribution to society.
"On a broader perspective students as you go and venture out of school into the world of work you will discover the study of mathematics can lead to a variety of exciting fields of professional careers," said Saint Jean.