By Ronald Kalyango

KAMPALA, July 24– Uganda took fifth place among African nations at the recently concluded International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) competition held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The IMO is the world championship competition in mathematics for high school students and is held annually in a different country.

South Africa was the best country on the continent and was followed by Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Uganda, with Zimbabwe, Ivory Cost, Benin, Tanzania, Ghana, Madagascar and Botswana trailing behind. At the global level, the competitions were won by China.

Uganda was represented by four students — Hellen Ashaba Magezi of Makerere College School, Isaac Kakumba of Namilyango College, Vincent Odongo of Turkish Academy and David Twesigomwe of Uganda Martyrs Namugongo.

During the competitions, students answered six questions and each correct answer fetches seven points, giving a total of 42 points for all the correct numbers attempted.

Dr. Godwin Kakuba, the President of Uganda Mathematical Society (UMS), said: “We exposed our contestants to thorough training both in Uganda but also took part in the general training organised for African students in South Africa.”

A total of 101 countries, representing more than 90 per cent of the world’s population, took part in the IMO competition, which is the oldest, biggest and most prestigious of all the international science Olympiads.


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