Aileen Okine, a 14-year-old pupil of Crown Prince Academy School in Accra emerged winner of the seventh national Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) listening and calculation competition held on Saturday.
For her reward, she took home a cash prize of GH¢150, certificate, trophy and products from the manufacturer of Indomie noodles.
Precious Karikari of Bethel School Complex, Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region and Kofi Agyei, a pupil of Mount Olivet School in Kumasi won the second and third positions respectively.
The competition, which involved 800 pupils from 73 basic schools, also had Bennet Adomako of Zoe-Dzo Kids Junior High School (JHS), Techiman, Kpordzi Dzidzorgbe of St. Robbys School, Kpando and Ransford Yawson of Valley View University Basic School in Accra emerge first, second and third respectively in the Elementary A & Below contest.
Winners from various categories were also presented with trophies, certificates and products from the sponsor.
Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection, in her speech read for her, commended UCMAS for supporting the development of education in the country, and particularly lauded the focus on promoting creative thinking, memory power, logical reasoning abilities and boosting children’s confidence.
With all these benefits in mind, the sector Minister urged all directors and proprietors of basic schools and parents to embrace the programme to enable children, to develop to the best of their abilities.
Mr. Girish Gurbani, Director of UCMAS Ghana Limited, said the programme aimed to ensure total brain development, eradicate mathematics phobia among children and strengthen their creativity and imagination level for educational development of the country.
To ensure this was achieved, Mr. Gurbani called for an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, which was conducive for growing future leaders and responsible citizens.
By Claude Nyarko Adams