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Primary schools across the island are being invited to submit entries for the 18th staging of the Butterkist National Primary Schools Mathematics Competition.
The contest, which is geared at promoting excellence in mathematics at the primary level, will be staged on Wednesday, April 28 at centres across the island. It is sponsored by the Seprod Group of Companies.
At the launch held yesterday (Feb. 24) at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, Trade Planner at Seprod subsidiary Facey Commodity Company, Pearnel Elliston, said that information kits have been sent to all primary schools in the 14 parishes.
He informed that the questions will be set at the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) level. “There will be 60 multiple choice questions and 40 open-ended questions where candidates will have to show full working to obtain maximum scores,” he pointed out.
The student with the highest mark in each parish will receive the parish champion trophy and prizes. The student with the top overall score will be named the Butterkist National Primary School Math Champion and will receive $50,000, the champion’s trophy, plus other prizes.
There will be awards for the top five candidates and the teacher of the champion student, with a cash prize of $25,000 for the school with the best overall average.
The deadline for submissions is March 5 and entries can be sent by email to butterkistmath@gmail.com.
Group Marketing Manager for Seprod, Marcia Kitson-Walters noted that the competition seeks to promote excellence in a subject, which is critical to national development. She said it allows for the participation of every single primary school in Jamaica.
“It provides students with an opportunity to hone their skills in the subject even if they do not emerge as the overall champion in their parish or at the national level. It provides teachers with an opportunity to establish math clubs in their schools in order to agitate interest and create a genuine love for the subject, and it places math on a national stage, emphasizing its importance to all sectors of the economy,” she stated.
She encouraged all primary schools across the country to use the opportunity of the competition to expose children to the wider concepts of mathematics such as critical thinking and analysis and decision-making.

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