Transparency is always those "PR points + 1" for governments and are always appreciated by anyone. When it's a clear-cut black and white fashion of when will you give an official respond, people know what to expect, and no one can really blame the government unjustly (which politicians like to do "once in awhile.") The rules are clear: 25000+ signatures and we'll talk.
Also, sometimes things just need to take a chill-pill once in awhile to keep the atmosphere relaxed and positive XD; I don't think that it's a "waste" to answer these at all. If just ONE person is inspired to see an official government response like this to take science/math education just a bit more seriously, then it's already worth it.
Plus, nothing hurts in asking! This IS the country that considered blowing up the moon seriously in the cold war.