The Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge is an annual Mathematics competition for elementary and secondary students in both public and private schools nationwide. Now on its 15th year, the Math Challenge is being implemented by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with First Metro Investment Corporation.
Schools Division Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
All Others Concerned
1. On its 15th year of nationwide Competition, the Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI), the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) will hold the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) from January to March 2016.
2. The overall objective of the Competition is to contribute in improving the quality of Mathematics Education in the Philippines through the following:
a. awakening greater interest in Mathematics among elementary and secondary school learners;
b. encouraging them to strive for excellence in Mathematics;
c. discovering mathematical talents among them;
d. developing the values of hardwork, perseverance, honesty, teamwork, and sportsmanship; and
e. providing them with opportunities in leadership and cooperative undertaking.
3. The Elimination and Schools Division Level Competition will be participated in by elementary and secondary school learners nationwide. However, only Grades 6 and 10 learners can participate in the Regional and National Finals. All public and private schools are required to submit the MMC Form No. 1 contained in Enclosure No. 5 to the schools division office (SDO) for registration. As started last year, the Mathematics supervisor with the MMC online portal account should send the MMC Form 2 through an online portal, its instruction provided in Enclosure No. 4. The Contest Mechanics are also contained in Enclosure No. 3.
4. Division Mathematics supervisors shall be in-charge of the preparation, implementation and documentation of the Elimination and Schools Division Finals Competition, including preparation of the program and fielding of qualified officials to serve as judges, proctors and hosts/quizmasters. They will also be responsible for settling all questions, including protests, which may arise in the course of the Competition. A panel of advisers shall also be formed by the schools division superintendent to address questions during the Competition. For security and for purposes of maintaining the confidentiality of the test questions, the turn-over of the test materials will be documented and all packages in the different stages of the Competition will be opened simultaneously at 8:00 a.m. on the date of the Competition. All concerned are required to carefully read the MMC Document No. 2 for the Operating Guidelines provided in Enclosure No. 2, as new policies are strictly implemented, and the Primer provided in Enclosure No. 1.
5. For the Regional Finals, the Regional Mathematics supervisor shall be incharge of the preparation, implementation and documentation of the Regional Finals, including the preparation of program, designation of judges, proctors, correctors for the individual competition, and hosts/quizmasters. He/She will also be responsible for settling all questions, including protests, which may arise in the course of the Competition.
6. Representatives from MTAP will assist in facilitating this stage of the Competition, both in the individual and team competitions.
7. For the National Finals, the following are the qualifications in determining the ten National Finalists for both individual and team competitions at the elementary and secondary schools levels:
a. Top scorers for both Categories A and B in the National Capital Region (NCR);
b. Top scorer in each geographical area (the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao); and
c. Remaining five top scorers across all regions.
8. All DepEd officials, including school heads (SHs) and Mathematics teachers, are requested to actively campaign and to enjoin support for the Competition of all public and private schools nationwide to ensure maximum participation.
9. The participating parties shall shoulder expenses from the Elimination Round to the Regional Level Competition. Participants from private schools shall make necessary arrangements for their expenses with their SHs. At the National Level Competition, the MBFI will finance the transportation expenses, accommodation and meal allowance of the national finalists and their coaches. MBFI shall also provide the awards for the winners from the Schools 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.
10. The enclosed documents and forms (Enclosure Nos. 1-5) may also be downloaded either from www.mbfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ Metrobank Math Challenge.
11. Separate guidelines will be issued for the NCR Competitions.
12. In case of conflict in schedule with other DepEd activities, the schools division and regional offices are advised to assign appropriate persons to administer the tests at the schools division and/or regional levels on the scheduled dates. As agreed upon by the MMC National Steering Committee, conduct of the contest other than the schedule below is not allowed:
- January 14, 2016 (Elementary)
- January 15, 2016 (Secondary School)
- February 4, 2016 (Elementary)
- February 5, 2016 (Secondary School)
- February 19, 2016 (Individual and Team Competition)
- March 18, 2016 (Individual Written Examination)
- March 19, 2016 (Individual and Team Oral Competition)
13. Arrangements for substitute teachers must be made to ensure that the classes of the participating teacher-coaches will not be disrupted.
14. The Schools Division Mathematics supervisor shall submit a completion report on the conduct of the Elimination and Schools Division Finals on or before February 19, 2016. Only an electronic copy of the report should be submitted through email at mmc_secretariat@yahoo. com.
15. For more information, all concerned may contact Mr. Maco R. Ravanzo, Program Coordinator, Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), No. 39 Oxford St., corner Columbia Street, Quezon City at telephone nos. (02) 898-8898 and (02) 857-0618, mobile phone no. 0922-804-3055 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.
Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC