11 September, 2017. The Soroban Competition for Primary Schools in ‘Eua district was held on Thursday, 7 September 2017 at the ‘Eua High School Hall, and the overall top school in the competition was awarded to ‘Ohonua Government Primary School.
Ms. ‘Anipule Tei, Principal of ‘Eua High School was the guest of honour at the competition, whereby 246 soroban students from 6 Primary schools in ‘Eua competed each other in the three judging events, the written examination, oral examination, and flash examination.
‘Ohonua Government Primary School won the overall competition, Houma Government Primary School came second, while Angaha Primary School came third.
The top 3 students in the written examination in class 3 and 4 will be brought to Nuku’alofa to represent ‘Eua Primary Schools in the National Soroban Competition, next year in March.
‘Ofa Vakapuna Taulafo from ‘Ohonua Government Primary School won the class 3 written examination and Allison ‘Elone also from ‘Ohonua won the written examination for class 4, while Malia Mamatuki from Angaha Government Primary School won the class 5 written examination category.
Soroban education has been proven by Ministry of Education and Training to have strengthened the mathematical skills of primary students.
The Embassy of Japan in Nuku‘alofa and the Ministry of Education and Training have co-hosted the Soroban Competition since 2010, and with that collaboration young soroban students from Tonga have been awarded an opportunity to join a soroban summer camp in Japan, fully funded by Japan International Soroban Diffusion Foundation.
The competition in ‘Eua concludes the 2017 annual district competitions that began from Ha’apai Islands in July, in Vava’u and Tongatapu last month, before the National Soroban Competition next year in March.
The District Competitions were successful with the support from the Tonga Soroban Education Association, JICA Tonga Office, and Japan International Soroban Diffusion Foundation.