A/R: GES honors 2017 UCMAS national winners

Two students from the Ashanti region who won the 8th UCMAS competition have been honoured by the regional directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The students Ewurabena Ameyaw, a Junior High School student and Gerald Okyere Darko a primary school student of the Martyrs of Uganda Basic School came up national best and first runner up respectively in the highly competitive battle of the brains competition.

The Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) is based on the traditional abacus method of calculation

It has been recognized as a means of improving the motor skills of children, enhancing their concentration, observation and speed of thinking.

The students went through breathtaking speed in numerical calculations sometimes intertwined with word statements and tricky multitasking activities to produce accurate answers for points in all three stages of the competition.

The ultimate winner Ewurabena Ameyaw took home a Trophy, a Certificate and three thousand cedis (GHc 3,000) while Gerald won for himself two thousand cedis (GHc 2,000) and a medal.

The Ashanti regional Public Relations Officer of the GES Kasandra Ampofo Twum who graced the occasion on behalf of the Regional GES Director Mrs. Mary Owusu Akyeaw was full of commendation for the organisers of the competition and the show of unique talent by the two students.

Casandrah Ampofo Twum who was especially proud that a female had won the overall best observed, “If you saw the visual calculations and the mental work, you could tell that they are developing the listening, the thinking skills and how to be creative which indeed will help them become assets in the near future.

She told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote- Fumador, even though the cost element will not permit the GES to introduce UCMAS in basic schools, the GES is willing to allow Directors of the UCMAS curricular to introduce the program to parents of students attending public schools.

The Ashanti regional director of the UCMAS programme Erasmus Asamoah Cudjoe told Ultimate News the aim of the whole project is to challenge young brains to develop the intellectual capacity of concentration, accuracy, speed and the ability to multitask.

“We are not doing arithmetic but we are doing brain development. Our target is to expand the brain capacity and science has proven that if you learn from the right side of the brain it lasts longer and all these activities we do goes to the right brain development. it also helps to uplift the left brain which is already developed through the normal school system. once you lift the two sides, the sky is the limit,” He explained.

He indicated that the vision of the UCMAS program is to train young Ghanaian students to compete on the international level to win national awards for the country.

The ultimate winner Ewurabena Ameyaw who hopes to be a medical doctor told Ultimate News mathematics has not been her favourite subject but found herself excited with the concept of playing around with the UCMAS curricular which has impacted her academics immensely.

Gerald who has been excited with the training and participation in the competition on the other hand is eyeing both lecturing and practicing as a Medical Doctor and believes his level of speed and accuracy in arithmetic has greatly improved.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador