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Taiwan outpaced by China, Singapore in math contest

2012/07/27 18:18:56

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Taiwanese students performed respectably on individual basis at the annual international math competition in Taipei this week but local teams were outpaced by competitors from China and Singapore.

Taiwanese students received two gold medals, 10 silver medals, 17 bronze medals and nine honorable mentions in the elementary school division of the International Mathematics Competition 2012, but the highest-ranked of its 10 teams finished seventh.

One of six teams from China took the title from among 69 groups entered in the elementary school competition.

In the youth division, for lower secondary education children, Taiwanese students earned three golds, 15 silvers, nine bronzes and 12 honorable mentions, with the highest-ranked of its 10 teams finishing fifth.

One of the two teams Singapore that entered in the youth division finished first among 77 teams.

A judge at the competition, Li Jheng-lin, said Taiwan's team results were not as good as in the past because its teams were mainly grouped by region rather than mathematical skills toencourage regional participation.

At the individual level, Taiwan's results were consistent with those attained in previous competitions, but they also indicated that local students have not improved as much as students from other countries, Li said.

A total of 28 countries joined the competition, which consisted of two divisions -- the Elementary Mathematics International Competition and the Invitational World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Liu Shih-chun)