|African Mathematical Union Commission
On Pan African Mathematics Olympiads
President: Insp. Soma TRAORE
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||Local Organizing Committee
of the Pan African
Mathematics Olympiad (LOC)
President: Mamadou SANGHARE
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24rd Pan African Mathematics Olympiad
2nd Pan African Mathematics Olympiad for Girls
of the African Mathematical Union
PAMO & PAMOG 2016
Date : from April 21,2016 to April 30, 2016
Procedures for Participation
The African Mathematical Union Commission on the Pan African Mathematics Olympiads has 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 vary any of them, they 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 of the current PAMO & PAMOG, will make procedures relating to:
- the place and dates of the next PAMO & PAMOG
- 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.
The 24rd Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO(G) 2016) will take place in SENEGAL from April 21,2016 to April 30, 2016.
Important: 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 fewer than four members.
The official languages of PAMO are French and English
1.Participation in PAMO(G)
- Participation in PAMO(G) is by invitation.
- Each invited country wishing to participate in PAMO(G) 2016 must send an official acceptance, which must be received before March 10, 2016 by the President of the AMUPAMO :
Insp. Soma TRAORE, President of AMUPAMO
2.1. Each country is entitled to send to the host country a team consisting of a team leader and six (6) pupils (3 boys & 3 girls).
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 Chairperson of the AMUPAMO and the Chairman of the LOC with contact details: address, phone, fax numbers, E-mails. etc..
2.6. Each participating country must provide the Chairman of the LOC with the list of its team members and send a copy to the AMUPAMO President before March 20, 2016 to the address :
Prof. Mamadou SANGHARE, Chairman of LOC
Insp. Soma TRAORE, President of AMUPAMO
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 may 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. The responsibility of the host and the participating countries
3.1 The responsibility of the host country:
The host country covers accommodation, meals and local transport costs of:
- The team leader and the team members of each participating country
- The representatives of the African Mathematical Union, in particular the President and/or the Secretary General of AMU, the President of the AMUPAMO and the Mediator of PAMO(G) 2016
- Three Mathematics Olympiads specialists invited by the AMUPAMO in agreement with the LOC.
The host country takes care of all the Olympiad necessities, it awards medals, prizes and certificates of participation
- 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. Female contestants will be considered for PAMOG medals in the ratio 1:2:3 and the first female contestant will be crowned African Mathematics Queen 2016.
- 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.
A special diner is offered to all the participants after the Closing Ceremony. The Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony is the most important Ceremony of the event.
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(G) 2016
4.1 (i) Every member of the AMUPAMO is required to propose three problems of 1h30 duration with solutions for the Olympiad.
(ii) Each country taking part in the Olympiad is required to submit six problems of 1h 30 duration with solutions for the Olympiad.
The problems must cover, as far as possible, different areas of interest of pre-university mathematics and should be of different levels of difficulty. The problems must be submitted in English or in French.
The problems must be sent with a great confidentiality to the President of the AMUPAMO before March 30, 2016.
4.4. 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 a good experience of PAMO.
The Mediator must be fluent in both official languages of PAMO.
The Mediator is required to :
- Collect a bank of Mathematics Olympiads Problems and to make it available to the Problems Committee (see 6).
- Participate in the various working meetings.
- 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 :
- As Chairman : The Mediator of PAMO 2016
- As members:
- The President of the AMUPAMO
- The Chairman of the LOC for PAMO 2016
- The invited specialists
- An invited member of the host country
The Problems Committee members will meet in SENEGAL April 21, 2016 , in order to work on the Problems proposals received before the deadline, and to recommend the short list of 15 to 20 problems.
7. The Jury
7.1 The Jury is composed of the Chairperson of the AMUPAMO, the Chairman of the LOC, the Mediator of PAMO 2016, The member of the AMUPAMO from the host country (if applicable), and the team leaders of the participating countries.
The invited specialists and the observers may attend the Jury but do not have the right to vote.
The Jury is chaired by the Chairperson of the AMUPAMO, namely Insp. Soma TRAORE.
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 short list recommended by the Problems Committee.
8. The Supervising Committee
8.1 The Supervising Committee is composed of the Chairperson of the AMUPAMO, the Chairman of the LOC and the Mediator of PAMO(G) 2016
8.2 The Supervising Committee has the responsibility of choosing 6 problems from the 12 selected by the Jury for the current Olympiad.
8.3 The Supervising Committee has responsibility for setting the question papers and resolving any problems of coordination.
9. Marking and Co-ordination
The AMUPAMO in agreement with the LOC will appoint a team of co-ordinators 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 co-ordinator, 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 co-ordinator.
If the team leader and the co-ordinator fail to agree on a score for a contestant, the matter will be referred to the Supervising Committee whose decision shall be final.
10.1 The host country awards medals, prizes and certificates of participation
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 Chairperson of the AMUPAMO and the Chairman of the LOC must sign all the certificates.
Each participating country should bring gifts of a cultural nature to be exchanged with participants from other countries.
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.
Problems must be original. Students must be able to solve them only with basic arguments without referring to sophisticated theoretical knowledge.
13.PAMO 2016 Programme : SENEGAL April 21, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Problems Committee Working sessions:
Thursday April 21 : Arrival of the Problems Committee members
Friday April 22 : Working session of the Problems Committee
Saturday April 23 : Working session of the Problems Committee
Sunday April 24 : Working session of the Problems Committee
Saturday April 23 : Arrival of the teams
Sunday April 24 : Morning : PAMO(G) 2016 Opening Ceremony
Afternoon : Working session of the jury
Monday April 25 : Working session of the jury
Tuesday April 26 : Working session of the jury
Excursion for teams
Wednesday April 27 : Morning : First contest
Afternoon : Marking of the First contest
Thursday April 28 : Morning : Second Contest
Afternoon : Marking of the Second Contest
Friday April 29 : Marking of the Second Contest
Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony. Gala Dinner
Saturday April 30 : Departure
March 10, 2016 : deadline of notification of participation in PAMO(G) 2016, which must be received by the President of the AMUPAMO
March 30, 2016 : deadline of receipt, by the President of the AMUPAMO, of the list of the teams members and the problems proposals for PAMO(G) 2016.