World's biggest maths contest draws in thousands of Slovak pupils

Around 87,000 pupils from 1,436 primary and secondary schools in Slovakia have entered the world's largest mathematics competition - the Mathematical Kangaroo, Vladimir Burjan, one of organisers of the event, told SLOVAKIA on March 27.

Around 87,000 pupils from 1,436 primary and secondary schools in Slovakia have entered the world's largest mathematics competition - the Mathematical Kangaroo, Vladimir Burjan, one of organisers of the event, told SLOVAKIA on March 27.

"Some want to represent their school, some want to say that they're the best," he said.

The most successful participants will gain diplomas, an opportunity to spend the summer at an international mathematics camp or other prizes. The Slovak schools will receive the results in three weeks, along with a complete set of statistics. Organisers want to prevent the contest from becoming a competition between the participating countries, and have decided therefore not to announce the results and rankings of individual states.

"We want as many pupils to join in, not only the best ones ... it should be a mass event," added Burjan.

The Mathematical Kangaroo was set up in France in 1991. Over 4.5 million pupils from 37 countries took part last year. Slovak schools join the competition for the ninth time this year. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Better times ahead for the Calvary in Bratislava

The last preserved station was restored this summer.

The last preserved station of the Stations of the Cross in Bratislava

Why you need to buy a belt

On this Black Friday, with society teetering on the brink of chaos, I ask that we all do our part.

Roundup: Bratislava’s Old Market Hall hosts Christmas markets

If you have not watched the 'Dracula' miniseries, filmed in Slovakia last year, it is about time.

Bratislava’s Old Market Hall will provide visitors with Christmas vibes in the coming four weeks. Each week, from Wednesday to Saturday, people can do a little bit of Christmas shopping at the venue.

Fico admits to ties with Bödör

Former prime minister stands by his praise for the state secretary who confessed to corruption and court interference.

Robert Fico during his November 26 press conference.