The qualifying written examination for this year’s Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Promasidor Nigeria Limited, will hold on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Officials in charge of the Cowbellpedia portal disclosed that thousands of entries have been processed from students/schools across the country. They urged interested students and schools to visit ahead of the exam date.

The Head of Marketing, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Festus Tettey, explained that this year’s competition will be in two stages: qualifying written examination and TV quiz show. The written examination will be conducted nationwide by the National Examination Council (NECO) to widen the reach to participants across the country.

Tettey added that the first stage of the competition is open to students from 10-18 years attending full time secondary education in public and private schools across Nigeria. He said entry into the competition is free.

He said each school is required to present their best 10 students in Mathematics (five from JSS3 and five from SSS2), irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.

The Managing Director, 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 towards the initiative over the years.

He explained that from 2016, the company has decided to bring all Mathematics intervention activities by Cowbell under one umbrella- Cowbellpedia.

Thiry added that the company significantly increased the prize money for the finals for both students and teachers. This year he said, the overall best student in each category will get N1million in addition to other prizes, while the teacher will be awarded N400,000.

“All these improvements are to underscore Promasidor’s effort to provide a credible platform that discovers, recognises 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.”

To encourage girl-child education, Thiry said mixed secondary schools must nominate a minimum two girls for each category to represent them. “This is our own little way of encouraging the girl child to take interest in education especially