Vietnamese students shine at regional maths contest hinh anh 1Tran Xuan Bach (L), the youngest student in the Vietnamese delegation, and his teacher Tran Phuong (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnamese students won six gold medals in the second round of the Asia-Pacific Mathematics Olympiad for Primary Schools (APMOPS) 2016, held in Singapore recently.

The result places the Vietnamese delegation at the top of the leaderboard in the second round, followed by strong competitors from China, Singapore and Taiwan.

The Vietnamese delegation comprises 10 students from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School; Archimedes Academy; the secondary schools of Giang Vo, Phuong Mai, Nguyen Truong To and Le Quy Don; and Doan Thi Diem Primary School.

Teacher Vuong Thi Thanh accompanied the students to the contest. She said the 10 students had won platinum medals in the first round of APMOPS 2016, which took place in April this year, competing against 473 students from the region.

The six students who won the gold medals are Ngo Quy Dang, Tran Xuan Bach, Nguyen Hoang Trung and Cao Thuy An, as well as Pham Truong Dat and Tran Dac Nhat Anh. Five of them are in the top 10, together with five other students from Shanghai (China), Taiwan and Singapore.

The second round of APMOPS 2016 took place from May 25 to May 29 and saw participation from 260 students from 13 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region.

The youngest student of the Vietnamese delegation, Tran Xuan Bach, who ranked first in the first round, was in third place in the second round.

This was his fifth gold medal won at an international mathematics competition for the 2015-2016 school year.

APMOPS, organised by the Hwa Chong Institution, is an annual event that aims to generate increased interest in mathematics amongst pupils in primary schools, encouraging them to sharpen their problem-solving skills.-VNA