Three Benue children have made the state proud by emerging overall best in a national Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN) OLYMPIAD in a conference held at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
In the competition organised by MAN, which had primary and secondary categories, Miss Akange Stephanie of Sora International Gboko came first, scoring 92% out of 100%, even as she also won the position of best performing female in the category.
Master Nombul Victor of Mount Zion Nursery and Primary School Gboko won the second position in the primary category with 88% out of 100%, while Master Paul Michael of Excel Grace Academy Gboko came first in the senior category in a quiz competition at the conference.
Addressing the winners who were accompanied by their teachers and parents before the commencement of the State Executive Council meeting yesterday, Governor Ortom said his administration’s placement of the educational sector on the priority list was yielding positive results.
He said the State was proud of the excellent outing by the children and also commended their parents and the leader of MAN under whose tutelage the children were able to win the laurels in a subject dreaded by many.
While promising continued support to MAN in the State, Governor Ortom described mathematics as an important subject in the development of education, saying it is a prerequisite for many to further their education.
He directed immediate release of funds to MAN following an approval to a request made by the association in 2017 to enable the office attend to its needs, even as he gave cash donation to the winners of the mathematics competition.
Earlier while presenting the winners to Governor Ortom, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar said the ministry was encouraged to do more in improving the quality of education in the State.
In an address, State Chairman of MAN, Mr. Tsebo Robert appealed for speedy action towards the establishment of a Mathematics Improvement Project in the State as it would go a long way in facilitating the teaching and learning of the subject.