Jeppe High School for Boys came first in the 2018 National Maths Literacy Olympiad with learner Robert Doubell scoring 92 per cent and finishing third in the country.
“The marks of the top 10 candidates from each school were averaged and Jeppe achieved 86.2 per cent, which was five per cent higher than second-placed Midstream College,” said the school’s Athly Jarvis.
The school’s head of maths literacy, Alison Jones said the school entered all the top learners who had to write an exam at the school on the same day that all the other schools around the country which had entered.
“There were 15 Jeppe Boys learners who entered and, of them, six received gold certificates for getting more than 80 per cent. We were happy with their performance and thrilled to come first in the country,” she said.
Doubell said that the exam was not all that difficult for him.
“I like to puzzle out practical problems, which is what maths literacy is all about. That’s why I enjoy it,” he said.
He switched from core maths to maths literacy in the third term of last year.
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“I wasn’t doing that well at core maths and now I’m in line for an A in maths literacy. I want to study law next year so I don’t really need core maths. It’s more important for me to do well in all my subjects so that I can be accepted,” he said.
“Although core maths is a good benchmark, you have to ask what its use is. In maths literacy, we apply what we are learning to every-day life situations. I think that’s far more useful,” he said.
The top 10 schools in the Maths Literacy Olympiad were:
• Jeppe High School for Boys 86.2 per cent.
• Midstream College 81.2 per cent.
• Hoërskool Garsfontein 78.6 per cent.
• Hoërskool Oudtshoorn 78.4 per cent.
• La Rochelle Girls’ High 76.6 per cent.
• Hoërskool De Villiers Graaf 76 per cent.
• The Wykeham Collegiate 76 per cent.
• Hoërskool Zwartkop 75.8 per cent.
• Parel Vallei High School 75.8 per cent.
• Northlands Girls’ High 73.4 per cent.