Ahead of the deadline for registration for the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show, the National Examinations Council (NECO) has advised secondary schools to mobilise their pupils to take part in the mathematics competition. NECO, which described the initiative as a boost for the knowledge of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), among the pupils, saidwithin thelast 20 yearsof the introduction of the Mathematics challenge by the sponsor – Promasidor Nigeria Limited, it has been of tremendous benefits to Mathematics education in Nigeria.
While announcing the commencement of the 20th edition of thecompetition on behalf of the Registrar of NECO, Prof. Charles Nwakwe, the Director of QualityAssuranceof theexaminationbody, Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, said the culture of participation at various competitions should be encouraged among Nigerian students.
Earlier, the company’s Managing Director, Mr. Anders Einarsson explained that Cowbell Milk, the company’s flagship brand, had been involved in the improvement of the nation’s education standard, and particularly in Mathematics, within the last two decades.
The Cowbellpedia initiative, he noted, comprises Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show, Cowbellpedia Radio and Cowbellpedia Mobile Application, even as he added: “These platforms have been able to arouse and re-awaken the interest of students in Mathematics at the secondary school level and further reinforced the importance of the subject.”
To further sustainthegrowing interest in Mathematics by the relevant groups, Einarsson recalled that the company launched the Cowbellpedia Compendium, a compilation of solved questions from the past Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Showeditionsforeachcategory. Einarsson also announced that the company had raised the bar with a 100 per cent increase of the prize money for this year’s edition as winners in both categories would now receive N2 million and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country, while the first and second runners-up would receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively. The teachers of the star prize winners will go home with N500,000, while those of the first and second runnersup will receive N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.