Israel, a student of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State, explained that success in Mathematics demands preparation and determination in order to overcome the initial fear that scare a lot of students.
“The magic is that students that are not very good at Mathematics should try and practice it more often in order to improve. For instance, ahead of this competition, I practised Mathematics for about 10 hours daily,” he said.
He advised his fellow students to ignore the perception of Mathematics being challenging, adding that the subject nurtures the individual’s power reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills.
In the senior category preliminary group B contest last weekend, Israel and Isinkaye Praise of Federal Government Academy Suleja, Niger State, qualified for the semi-finals after squaring up against Fakorede Olufunmbi of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State and Vincent Ezeanyagu of Baptist High School, Naraguta-Jos, Plateau State.