The overall objective of the competition is to contribute in improving the quality of Mathematics Education in the Philippines. Specifically it aims to:
- awaken greater interest in Mathematics among elementary school pupils and high school students from both public and private schools nationwide;
- encourage them to strive for excellence in Mathematics;
- encourage mastery of basic mathematical skills;
- discover mathematical talents among them;
- develop the values of hardwork, perseverance, honesty, teamwork, and sportsmanship; and
- provide them with opportunities in leadership and cooperative undertaking.
In the Elimination and Division Level Competition, elementary school pupils and high school students nationwide will participate in this competition. To enable a team or individual to become the first place winner in the Regional Finals and to qualify in the National Finals, they must meet the hurdle rate established by the National Steering Committee.
The Division Mathematics Supervisors shall be in-charge of the preparation, implementation and documentation of the Eliminations and Division Finals Competition including preparation of the program and fielding of qualified officials to serve as judges, proctors and hosts/quizmasters. He/She will also be responsible for settling all questions, including protests, which may arise in the course of the competition, or a panel of advisers may be formed by the respective schools division/city superintendents (SDSs).
In the Regional Finals, Grade VI and Fourth Year High School students may participate in the regional and national levels. The Regional Mathematics Supervisor shall be in-charge of the preparation, implementation and documentation of Regional Finals including preparation of program, designation of judges, proctors, correctors for the individual competition and hosts/quizmasters. The MTAP representative will assist in facilitating this stage of the competition, both in the individual and team competitions. He/She will also be responsible for settling all questions, including protests, which may arise in the course of the competition.
In the National Finals, the qualifications in determining the ten (10) National Finalists for both individual and team competitions in the elementary and secondary levels are the following:
- Top scorers for both Categories A and B in the National Capital Region (NCR);
- Top scorer in each geographical area (Rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao); and
- Remaining five (5) top scorers across all regions.
All DepEd officials including school heads (HSs) and Mathematics teachers are requested to actively campaign and enjoin support for the competition of all public and private schools in the country through the issuance of a memorandum, to ensure maximum participation.
The participating parties shall shoulder expenses from the elimination round at the school level competition to the regional level competition. Participants from private schools shall make arrangements for their expenses with their school heads.
At the national level, the Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) will finance the transportation expenses, accommodation and meal allowance of the national finalists together with their coaches. MBFI shall also provide the awards for the winners from the Division Finals (medals) to the regional and national finals (cash prizes, medals and trophies), as well as cash incentives for the coaches of regional and national finalists.
The following documents and forms are contained in the Enclosures for reference:
Separate guidelines will be issued for the National Capital Region (NCR) competition.
In case of conflict in schedule with other DepEd activities, the DepEd division and regional offices are advised to assign appropriate persons to administer the tests at the division and/or regional levels on the scheduled dates.
Participation of both public and private schools shall be subject to the no
disruption-of-classes policy as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2005 entitled "Instituting
Measures to Increase Engaged Time-on-Task and Ensuring Compliance Therewith."
For more information, all concerned participants may contact Sr. Iluminada C. Coronel, f.m.m., President, Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), No. 39 Oxford St. corner Columbia St., Cubao, Quezon City at telefax no.: (02) 912-5249 or send her a message through email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or the MTAP Office at telephone no.: (02) 709-0447, or the MBFI Secretariat at telephone no.: (02) 857-0618, mobile phone no.: 0922-804-3055, email addresses: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org or at Facebook Account: MMC or Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge.