Over 250 students from 6 Primary schools in ‘Eua competed each other in three judging categories; the written examination, oral examination, and flash examination. Prices were awarded to top student of each category and the top students in the written examination for class 3 and 4 will be brought to Nuku’alofa as ‘Eua Primary Schools representatives in the National Soroban Competition, next year in March.
The written examination for class 3 was won by Teisa Langa’oi of ‘Ohonua GPS and Kalolaine Havea won the written examination for class 4, while Lisi Kivalu won the class 5 written examination category, both also from ‘Ohonua GPS.
Soroban education has been proven by Tonga’s Ministry of Education and Training to have strengthened the mathematical skills of primary students, hence the ongoing collaboration from Embassy of Japan in Nuku‘alofa and the Ministry of Education and Training to co-host the competition since 2010. The competition also has awarded young students of Tonga to join a soroban summer camp in Japan, fully funded by Japan International Soroban Diffusion Foundation.
The competition in ‘Eua begins the 2018 Annual District Competitions for the Kingdom of Tonga held around the islands, before the National Soroban Competition in March next year.
The District Competitions receives also great support and commitments from the Tonga Soroban Education Association, JICA Tonga Office, and Japan International Soroban Diffusion Foundation.