A group of Korean high school students has won six gold medals to finish top for the first time at the 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad, which was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from July 4-16. The math competition drew over 500 high school students from 100 countries this year.

"The six-member Korean team garnered a total score of 209 points at the annual math competition to secure the top spot," the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said on Monday.

Fifteen-year-old Kim Dong-ryul, the youngest Korean participant, scored 40 out of 42 to place second in the individual ranking.

Korean students pose after winning gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad on Monday. /Courtesy of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Since 1995, Korean students have consistently ranked highly at the International Mathematics and Science Study, an assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of junior high schoolers.

In 2009, Korean students also ranked first among all 34 OECD member countries in terms of their math skills at the Program for International Student Assessment. Developed by the Paris-based economic body, PISA evaluates the scholastic performance in mathematics, science, and reading skills of some 470,000 15-year-old students worldwide.

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Jul. 17, 2012 12:24 KST