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Six students representing Uganda at Maths contest in Argentina
By Maria Wamala & Joseph Kizza Uganda is among only six African countries that are taking part at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) in Argentina that started July 4 and is set to end on July 16 this year. The international competition, the 53rd edition, attracted the interest of 100 countries across the globe and Uganda is the only East African country to be a part of the competition. Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia are the other countries from the African continent that are represented in the Argentinian city of Mar Del Plata. Ugandan State minister for education, John Chrysostom Muyingo flagged off the six mathematics students recently. The young team includes: Team leader Jasper Okello, deputy leader Cyrus Ssebugenyi, Ssenyonga Robin Nyombi (Kings College Budo), Emmanuel Kaybuola (Makerere College School), Maria Nyamukuru (Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga), Timothy Ahumuza (Kings College Budo), Laxmi Bhudia (Rock High School Tororo), and Okubal Akayo Hellen (Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga). Initially, there was uncertainty over the team’s participation at the event due to logistical obstacles. But the team managed to break through the hurdle and secured return air tickets to the Latin American country. When Muyingo met with the youthful team at the education ministry’s offices before their departure, he regretted that the exercise had not been captured in his ministry’s budget, which explains the difficulty the team had to go through logistically. But he promised to capture the exercise in next year’s education ministry budget so as to avoid similar mistakes. He also urged students and the teachers to put more emphasis on mathematics to ensure national development. Last year’s event was hosted by Netherlands in its capital, Amsterdam. The next edition will take place in Colombia and South Africa will host the 2014 edition.