Version franšaise
Contacts   Search
Untitled
CALENDAR
<< May 2018 >>
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031
Procedures for participation
 

Preamble

The African Mathematical Union Commission on the Pan African Mathematics Olympiads published new PAMO regulations, applicable from January 1, 2001. These regulations cover matters that do not change from year to year. If a host country wishes to modify any of them, it must obtain the agreement of the AMUPAMO beforehand.
In addition to these permanent regulations, each year the AMUPAMO, in consultation with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the current PAMO, will make procedures relating to:

  • the place and dates of the next PAMO
  • the date by which official acceptance of the invitation to participate must be received
  • the date by which participating countries must send information about team leaders and team members
  • the date by which problems proposed for the competition must be received by the LOC
  • the official programme of the Olympiad.

Resolution of the Jury of PAMO 2003, Maputo, 25 April 2003

During the past working session of the Jury of PAMO 2003, the members discussed the ranking by country and agreed that for future editions of PAMO the ranking by country should be determined by the total number of points of all the members of the team, even if the team consists of less than four members.

The official languages of PAMO are French and English.


1.  Participation in PAMO

  • Participation in PAMO is by invitation.
  • Each invited country wishing to participate in PAMO must send an official acceptance letter, to the Chairman of the AMUPAMO and a copy to the Chairman of the LOC.

This letter must be sent at a date to be precised.


2. Teams

2.1. Each country is entitled to send to the host country a team consisting of a Team Leader and four (4) pupils.

2.2. The Team Leader must be a mathematics teacher at the Secondary or Tertiary Level.

2.3. Each pupil must be less than twenty (20) years old on the day of the second examination paper.

2.4. Pupils must not be enrolled in any post-secondary institution.

2.5. Each participating country must provide the Chairman of the AMUPAMO and the Chairman of the LOC with the following contact details : address, phone, fax numbers, E-mails. etc.

2.6. Each participating country must provide the AMUPAMO Chairman with the list of its team members and send a copy to the Chairman of the LOC before a date to be précised.

2.7. Deputy Leader
The Team Leader of each participating country may be assisted by a deputy leader to supervise the welfare of the team. The Deputy Leader must not attend the working sessions of the Jury. Each participating country is responsible for the travel, board and lodging costs of their Deputy Leader.


3. Responsibilities of the host and the participating countries

3.1. The responsibility of the host country

3.1.1. The host country covers accommodation, meals and local transport costs of:

  1. The team leader and the team members of each participating country
  2. The representatives of the AMU, in particular the President and/or the Secretary General of AMU, the Chairman of the AMUPAMO and the Mediator of PAMO.
  3. Three Mathematics Olympiads specialists invited by the AMUPAMO in agreement with the LOC.

3.1.2. The host country covers the travel costs of :

  1. The Chairman of the Jury for PAMO (the Chairman of AMUPAMO)
  2. The Chairman of the Problems Committee (the Mediator)
  3. The three invited specialists.

3.1.3. The host country awards medals, prizes and certificates of participation.

3.2. The responsibility of the participating countries

Participating countries are responsible for all the travel costs of their team to and from the host country.


4. Mathematical Problems for PAMO

4.1.
a) Every member of the AMUPAMO is required to propose three problems of 1h30 duration with solutions for the Olympiads.
b) Each country taking part in the Olympiads is required to submit six problems of 1h30 duration with solutions for the Olympiads.

4.2. Problems must be original. Students must be able to solve them only with basic arguments without referring to sophisticated theoretical knowledge.

4.3. Problems must cover, as far as possible, different areas of interest of pre- university mathematics and should be of different levels of difficulty. Problems must be submitted in English or in French.

4.4.Problems must be sent in strict confidence to the Chairman of the AMUPAMO before a date to be precised.

4.5.Problems submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


5
. The Mediator

5.1. The AMUPAMO appoints for each PAMO and for the term of one year a Mediator, who must be an African mathematician who is a prominent member of the AMU and   has good experience of PAMO.

5.2. The Mediator must be fluent in both official languages of PAMO.

5.3. The Mediator is required to :

  1. Collect a bank of Mathematics Olympiads Problems and to make it available to the Problems Committee
  2. Participate in the various working meetings ;
  3. Provide mediation before and during the marking process, in case of disputes between members of the Jury.


6. The Problems Committee

The Problems Committee of the PAMO will include :

  1. As Chairman : The Mediator of PAMO
  2. As members :              
    • The Chairman of the AMUPAMO
    • The Chairman of the LOC for PAMO
    • The three (03) invited specialists.

The Problems Committee members will meet during two (02) in order to work on the problems proposals received before the deadline. It recommends the long list of fifteen (15) to twenty (20) problems.


7. The Jury

7.1. The Jury is composed of :

  • the Chairman of the AMUPAMO
  • the Mediator of PAMO
  • the Chairman of the LOC
  • the team leaders of the participating countries.

The invited Specialists and the Observers may attend Jury meetings but do not have the right to vote.
The Jury is chaired by the Chairman of the AMUPAMO.

7.2. Each team leader must be proficient in one of the two official languages of PAMO (English and French) and must be able to translate the selected problems into the official language of his or her team.

7.3. The Jury has the responsibility to select 12 problems from the long list recommended by the Problems Committee. It is the short list.


8. The Supervising Committee

8.1. The Supervising Committee is composed of three (03) members :

  • the Chairman of the AMUPAMO
  • the Mediator of PAMO
  • the Chairman of the LOC.

8.2. The Supervising Committee has the responsibility of choosing six (6) problems from the 12 problems of the short list selected by the Jury.

8.3. The Supervising Committee has responsibility for setting the question papers and resolving any problems of coordination.


9. Marking and Coordination

The AMUPAMO in agreement with the LOC will appoint a team of coordinators who will meet with the Jury when the final selection of six problems has been made and the mark schemes are drawn up.
Each problem will be awarded a mark (a whole number in the range from 0 to 7)
The solutions of the contestants will initially be assessed by their Team Leader. The Team Leader will present the solutions of the contestants to a coordinator, and a mark for each question will be agreed upon in accordance with the marking scheme. The scores will be recorded on an official form and signed by the Team Leader and the Coordinator.
If the Team Leader and the Coordinator fail to agree on a score for a contestant, the matter will be referred to the Supervising Committee whose decision shall be final.


10. Prizes

10.1. The host country awards medals, prizes and certificates of participation

10.2. 
a) Medals for candidates
Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Bronze Medals will be awarded in approximately the ratio 1:2:3.  The total number of medals awarded will not be more than half of the number of contestants.
b) Medals for countries
Countries will be ranked by taking the total of the scores of their team members.  The team leaders of the top three countries will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

10.3. Special prizes may be awarded for solutions considered outstanding by the Jury.

10.4. Each contestant who has not won a medal will receive a certificate of Honourable Mention if he or she has scored full marks (7) for at least one problem.

10.5. The host country must provide certificates of participation for all the candidates who took part in the Olympiad, and special certificates for the winners of Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals, Honourable Mention and special prizes.

10.6. The Chairman of the AMUPAMO and the Chairman of the LOC must sign all the certificates.


11. Gifts

Each participating country should bring gifts of a cultural nature to be exchanged with participants from other countries.


12. Syllabus

There is no official syllabus. The problems must cover, as far as possible, different areas of interest of pre-university education, in particular Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory, Combinatory and probability.


13. PAMO Programme

13.1. A plan of PAMO calendar

 

M

Arrival of the Problems Committee members

 

AM

 

S

 

First day

M

Problems Committee Working session

 

AM

 

S

 

2th day

M

Problems Committee Working session

Arrival of the PAMO  Teams

AM

S

3th day

M

Problems Committee Working session

Opening Ceremony

AM

Selection of the long list of problems

Excursion for Teams

S

Working session of the Jury

4th day

M

Working session of the Jury on the long list

Excursion for Teams

AM

 

S

Working session of the Jury : selection of the short list

 

5th day

M

First Contest

Excursion for Jury

AM

Marking of the first Contest

 

S

Marking of the first Contest

 

6th day

M

Second Contest + Coordination of the first Contest

 

AM

Marking of the second Contest

 

S

Marking of the second Contest

 

7th day

M

Coordination the second Contest

 

AM

Deliberation

 

S

Resultats

Prize giving and Closing Ceremony

8th day

M

Departure

 

AM

 

S

 

13.2 Deadlines (to be precised by the LOC)

a) Problems
Problems must be sent in strict confidence to the Chairman of the AMUPAMO.

b) Participation

c) Registrations

 
Email : asolarin2002@yahoo.com   |   Webmaster : webmaster@pamo-official.org