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Mathlete Challenge this coming weekend – Winners to be Awarded Scholarships

Brookside Marketing Director Oliver Mary (right) presents a dummy cheque for Sh8.5m to Strathmore University Deputy VC Research and Innovation Izael Pereira Da Silva. With them are scholarship beneficiaries, (from left) Felistus Wanyonyi, Mohamed Naeem Laving and Mercy Wambui

A new strategy to improve the performance of Mathematics in secondary schools in the country has been unveiled in 600 schools in 15 counties.

The strategy involves sponsoring students to compete in contests in the subject, with top performers earning a university scholarship through partnership between milk processor, Brookside Dairy and Strathmore University.

2 students; male from Mangu High School and female from Kenya Highschool, won at the Nairobi contest that took place on Saturday 13th May, 2017

At the launch of the contests dubbed Mathlete Challenge, it was noted that 57 students from across the country benefitted from Brookside scholarships emerging winners in last year’s national Maths contest. Brookside gave cheques for over Sh10 million and awarded scholarships to students who sat the Maths contest last year while in Form Four to pursue Maths-related degree courses at Strathmore.

Strathmore University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Prof. Izael Da Silva, commended Brookside for the gesture, saying it would go a long way in improving performance in the subject which has been done poorly in the past.  He called on more teachers to register their schools for the challenge.

Speaking at Strathmore Business School, Brookside’s Marketing Director Oliver Mary urged the private sector to promote and invest more in education, especially Mathematics, saying good performance is critical in uplifting the country’s GDP. “We want to debunk the myth that Maths is a difficult subject. We are working with the Ministry of Education to come up with student-friendly approaches that help demystify the subject,” Mary said.

Brookside’s Mathlete Challenge is meant to encourage students to improve their performance in the subject in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

The next set of contests will take place on Saturday 20th May at Bunyore Girls in Vihiga County and Machakos Girls in Machakos County. Top performers will get a year’s scholarship from Brookside while National event winners will secure a Sh25, 000 scholarship at Strathmore.

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