Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ezekiel Mutua presided over the annual 23rd National Mathematics Contest held at Mang’u High School, Kiambu County on June 22nd, 2019.
The National Mathematics contest seeks to generate young people’s interest in the subject and provide a platform for students to compete and socialize.
In his remarks, Dr. Mutua who addressed over 4000 students and teachers from all over the country, stressed on the values of hard work, resilience and integrity in the journey to success.
He lauded the organizers of the contest, noting that mathematics provides an opportunity for students to enjoy the fun in solving mathematical problems and appreciate the beauty of it.
The CEO added that Mathematics is an integral part of education and one of the big four academic disciplines namely: science, technology and engineering that is critical to financial literacy, and central to our daily lives.
Dr Mutua further told the students that Mathematics is more than numbers and formulas; it embraces logic and reasoning to resolve complicated and interlocking issues adding that many decisions made, in the public and private sectors alike rely partly on the use of mathematics.
The CEO urged the students to develop positive attitude in Mathematics if they want to succeed, adding that hard work will see them excel.
“I got a ‘Nine’ an equivalent of an ‘E’ in mathematics in my Fourth Form, but today I was the Chief Guest at a Mathematics competition. Failure is not the end. Life is mathematical and the greatest failure is to miss the formula. If you fail, go back and find where you missed the formula, where you miscalculated or misapplied the formula,” he said.
The main objective of the Mathematics contest is to popularize and demystify the subject through an interactive activity in a fun, relaxed environment.