THE 2016 edition of the Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz show will work in partnership with the National Examination Council to widen the reach to participants across the country.

Festus Tettey, Head of Marketing, Promasidor Nigeria Limited explained that this year’s competition will be in two stages: Qualifying Written Examination and TV Quiz Show.

The stage one examination according to him will be conducted by the National Examination Council NECO on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

NECO was mandated to take over the responsibilities of the National Board of Education Measurement (NBEM) and is headed by a Registrar, appointed by the President under section 9(1) of its establishing Act.

Under this year’s arrangement, NECO will turn in its massive structures to participants all over the country.

Tettey added that the stage one of the Mathematics Competition is open to students from 10 – 18 years of age attending full time secondary school in public or private schools in Nigeria. Entry into this competition is FREE.

Each School is required to present their best ten students in Mathematics (five from JSS3 and five from SSS2), to enhance their chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.

According to Tettey, the stage one registration, which is online, involves the following processes: students are urged to go to  www.cowbellpedia.ng.

Also speaking on the occasion, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Thiry acknowledged, the support of NECO, state Ministries of Education, school principals and teachers, the press and other agency partners for their continued support for the initiative over the years. He explained from  2016, Promasidor has taken a strategic decision to bring all Mathematics intervention activities by Cowbell under one umbrella,  COWBELLPEDIA.

Thiry added that the company  will continue with its Mathematics intervention activity for Secondary Schools in Nigeria using the nameCowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show.

Thiry also informed that the company 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, Thiry appealed that Mixed Secondary Schools must nominate minimum two (2) 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.

The winner this year will go home with a cash of one million naira, a medal, a trophy and an all-expense paid vacation. The first and the second runner-up will take N750,000 and N500,000 respectively. There will also be a plaque, mathematics textbooks and a desktop computer for the winners.

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