Bruneian wins bronze at Maths & Science Olympiad

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A BRUNEIAN pupil won a bronze medal in the 11th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad at Bali, beating over 100 contenders from around the world in the Science category.

Lim Wei Khei, a Year Five pupil from Chung Hwa Middle School in Bandar Seri Begawan, said he was honoured to win the medal.

“I sacrificed a lot of time to study and prepare for the (Olympiad),” said the 10-year-old upon returning from the competition held last Saturday.

His father, Lim Chih Siong, also felt happy and proud of Wei Khei’s achievement. He thanked everyone who contributed to the Brunei team’s success, particularly the teachers for training the pupils.

Brunei was represented at the competition by six Year Five pupils. They were picked through a selection process and underwent an intensive training session conducted at the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre under the Ministry of Education.

Science tutor and supervising teacher Fazidah Hani Dr Hisham said there was a change in format for the competition.

She believed the students could have performed better with more preparation.

Organised by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture, the Science Category of the Olympiad involved the participation of 123 students from 14 countries including several ASEAN member states as well as China, India, Nepal, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

The competition was opened last Monday at the Grand Ballroom Aston of Aston Denpasar Hotel and Convention Centre in Bali.

The Brunei Times