Maths boffins Mr Aaron Naidu (left) and Mr Kayrav Naidoo (right) with Emeritus Professor Poobhalan Pillay.

Siyanqoba UKZN Maths Teams Test Their Mettle

UKZN’s Siyanqoba Maths teams entered a 10-member-strong junior team and three senior teams in the annual team competition of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) which attracts top Maths learners from across South Africa.

The senior “A” team was placed third out of 48 teams, while the junior “A” team finished 11th out of 54 teams.

Since 2011, the Siyanqoba programme, co-ordinated by UKZN Emeritus Professor Poobhalan Pillay, has assisted high school students achieve success in the South African Mathematics Olympiads (SAMO). ‘Hundreds of learners have benefited from the programme,’ said Pillay.

UKZN is one of 10 centres, which train “bright” high school pupils to solve challenging mathematical problems.

Words: Sally Frost

Photograph: Supplied