A total of 32, 400 Primary 5 and 6 pupils are now in the race for fifteen special scholarships tenable at any of the 17 branches of the Nigeria Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) nationwide.
Managing Director, NTIC, Mr. Orhan Kertim, said the second stage of the competition is to take place at NTIC schools in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Ogun and Yobe state on March 4,2017 while the top candidates are to be invited to an award presentation ceremonies scheduled to take place in Abuja and Kano on March 15, this year.
The 14th edition of the competition jointly organized by the NTIC and the National Mathematics Centre (NMC) towards discovering young pupils with great potentials in Mathematics took place in 52 locations across the entire federation.
Kertim explained that while a total of 27, 000 pupils participated in the competition last year, it had continued to record incremental success annually, thereby giving hope that the younger generation can conquer the prevalent fear of Mathematics.
“We have been conducting the tests in collaboration with National Mathematics Centre (NMC) since 2013; we started with the participation of 800 pupils and now, it takes place in all states of the federation and in the federal capital territory.
“Our objective of organizing this competition is due to recognition that Mathematics is the key subject for science-oriented courses and there is a well-known problem of pupils being afraid of Mathematics; we decided to organize this competition towards eliminating the phobia or fear for Mathematics,” he said.
He further expressed confidence that the competition and motivating prizes would achieve considerable success towards boosting candidates’ future potentials.
“First, they prepare keenly for this competition and by the time they gain admission into junior secondary school, they discover that it assisted in building their interest in the subject and they easily demonstrate better performance.
“Also, we offer scholarship for successful pupils; the competition has two legs; in the first one, the best three pupils in each state are offered 100 percent scholarship in an NTIC school.
“In the second leg, fifteen successful candidates in each zone are offered 100% scholarship and we do special training for them at an NTIC school, for them to participate actively in other national and international competitions; for example, in 2016, those students we prepared for such competitions won twenty-six international medals and made us and Nigeria proud,” Kertim stated.
He explained further the nature of prizes at stake.
“The best student wins N300, 000 and there are gifts for his or her school and Mathematics teacher; the main prize is 100% scholarships through the junior and secondary schools while the best student in each state gets 50% scholarship,” he said.