By Laju Iren
For many students, the fear of Mathematics is the beginning of wisdom. Too bad this fear does not always translate into success. In fact, many at times, this phobia drives students to failure.
It is with this in mind that Cowbellpedia recently developed a multi-level mobile app that will allow students to practice Mathematics questions while having a lot of fun. Developers also say that the app will aid in preparing those interested in participating in the forthcoming Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Promasidor Nigeria.
Head of Marketing, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Festus Tettey explained that the move was part of measures to stimulate greater student interest in Mathematics, which is regarded as the bedrock of science and technology.
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This Cowbellpedia Mobile app, according to Tettey, can be downloaded on Google Play Store and Apple Store. He added that this year’s competition will be in two stages: Qualifying Written Examination and TV Quiz Show. The National Examination Council NECO will conduct the Stage One examination according to him on Saturday, March 19, 2016. NECO is an examination body in Nigeria that conducts the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the General Certificate Examinations in Education in June/July and December/January respectively.
Each School is required to present their best ten (10) students in Mathematics (five from JSS3 and five from SSS2), irrespective of religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition. According to Tettey, the Stage One registration, which is online, involves visiting www.cowbellpedia.ng. Also speaking on the occasion, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Thiry informed that the company has significantly increased the prize money for the finals for both students and teachers. This year he said, the top prize student winner in each category will go home with One Million Naira in addition to other prizes, while the teacher will be awarded Four Hundred Thousand Naira.
“All these improvements are to underscore Promasidor’s effort to provide a credible platform that discovers, recognizes and rewards excellence in Mathematics, a critical component of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Nigeria.
This is in addition to the quality nutrition that is provided by the Cowbell brand for the nourishment of the Nigerian populace especially children,” he said. In order to encourage the Girl Child Education, mixed schools must nominate a minimum of two girls for each category to represent such school. “This is our own little way of encouraging the girl- child to take interest in education especially the STEM courses,” he said.