Over the years, UMS has recorded a growing interest in Mathematics contests. In the year 2011, 6146 students participated in Paper I from 263 institutions from Primary level to University level from 58 districts. In 2013, paper I of the Mathematics contest will take place on 16th March 2013 and the various school centers.
The Uganda Mathematical society supports government efforts of strengthening Mathematics training at all levels through activities such as mathematics contests, teacher’s conferences and school visitations.
The National Mathematics contest process is crowned by a prize giving ceremony that is hosted at Makerere University.
This is the main activity of the UMS. Every year, UMS organizes National Mathematics contests for Primary, O-level, A-level and University level students. Students from all schools in Uganda have an opportunity to participate in Paper I.
This effort to reward best performers encourages more students to participate in national contests and creates a healthy competition amongst the Ugandan youth. In the process, interest in Mathematics is developed in many youthful minds. The aims of the contest are to:… Read more…
PAMO & IMO
Every year, the best performers in the A-level contest are recommended to represent the country in PAMO.
UMS contacts parents of the contestants to seek financial support in form of air tickets. Where a parent is not able, we move down the list by performance, until we get good students whose parents are able to raise the cost of an air ticket and inland travel. Accommodation and feeding costs are catered for by the PAMO organizing committee. In the past Ugandan participants have excelled in this event; for instance during PAMO 2009 in South Africa, a Ugandan student got a silver medal and won a scholarship from the Government of Morocco. In 2011, PAMO did not take place due to political instability in Tunisia, the host country. Read more…
The school visitation programme is an outreach arm of the society to schools.
UMS executive members together with regional coordinators visit selected schools to sensitize Ugandan students about the plight of Mathematics.
The visits are an avenue for encouraging the young people to enjoy the learning of Mathematics and also for encouraging teachers to popularize the subject. Mathematics is perceived to be difficult and in some cases, “for boys”. Both of these errors should be corrected to enable the young generation appreciate Mathematics. By making such visits students are counseled and encouraged to appreciate the subject and to know its usefulness.Read more…
Every year UMS organizes a teachers’ conference for all Mathematics teachers at all levels.
The facilitators of these conferences are renowned Mathematicians from the country and outside Uganda. Through such conferences, teachers and other users of Mathematics get an opportunity to share experiences in the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
There are specialized sessions for primary teachers and sessions for secondary school teachers. A number of teachers have embraced the conference and in 2011, 237 teachers from across the country attended. In evaluations made by teachers, the UMS is challenged to organize… Read more…