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UKZN Emeritus Professor Six-Year Maths Book



UKZN Emeritus Professor Six-Year Maths Book

UKZN Emeritus Professor Six-Year Maths Book. Emeritus Professor Poobhalan Pillay of the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (SMSCS) has penned an e-book titled “1000 Mathematics Olympiad Problems,” aimed at nurturing the mathematical prowess of pupils from Grade 7 to Grade 12.

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The Genesis of a Comprehensive Resource

Dedicated to advancing mathematical education, Professor Pillay invested over 8,000 hours in crafting this comprehensive resource under the auspices of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). The e-book meticulously categorizes problems into difficulty levels spanning from two to 10, ensuring applicability across diverse grades and skill sets.

Bridging Classroom Instruction and Real-World Application

Tailored not only for student consumption but also as an invaluable aid for educators, the book features curated tables aligning problems with national Mathematics curriculum standards. This empowers teachers to seamlessly integrate examples into their lessons, supplementing standard textbook materials with more challenging problem sets to enrich the learning journey of students.

A Cornerstone For Mathematical Excellence

Central to the national Mathematics Olympiad, the e-book’s advanced problem sets cater to participants of SAMF’s Olympiad programs, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving abilities among aspiring mathematicians.

Acknowledging Pillars of Academic Excellence

Professor Pillay tireless commitment has earned accolades from peers and administrators alike. Professor Kerstin Jordaan, Executive Director of SAMF, commends the inclusion of challenging problems, foreseeing its positive impact on learners cognitive development.

A Testament to Pillay Enduring Legacy

Dean and Head of SMSCS, Professor Delia North, lauds Professor Pillay remarkable contributions, underscoring his invaluable role in shaping the discipline of Mathematics. Pillay’s legacy spans over four decades of dedicated service, marked by his pivotal involvement in the training of educators and learners for Olympiad participation.

Continuity and Accessibility

Having commenced his illustrious career in 1967, Professor Pillay retirement from UKZN in 2006 did not diminish his passion for education. His ongoing involvement as a national academic coordinator and coach for SAMF Siyanqoba Regional Olympiad Training Programme exemplifies his enduring commitment to nurturing mathematical talent.

Empowering Learners Nationwide

In line with his ethos of accessibility, the e-book is available free of charge to learners enrolled in SAMF’s Siyanqoba Programme, ensuring equitable access to quality educational resources.


Professor Pillay latest contribution, accessible through the SAMF stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication to advancing mathematical education and inspiring generations of learners.

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