The preparations for the 2018 Cowbellpedia Mathematics competition have reached an advanced stage five months after 41,735 secondary school students sat for the qualifying examination.
According to the sponsor of the competition, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, plans have been concluded to kick off the second stage of the competition, which will involve not less than 108 students, who scaled through the first stage of the contest.
Managing Director of the company, Mr. Anders Einarsson stated that the second stage would be in a quiz format and will take candidates through the preliminary, semi-final and final rounds.
“The show will be broadcast in 13 weekly episodes on major television stations across the country including DSTv. The 108 qualifiers are in two categories – 54 each for the junior and senior categories – from among whom the champions will eventually emerge”, he explained.
A breakdown of the qualifying examination results showed there were three perfect scores in the junior category from two schools. They included: Favour Okarike and Benny Sampson, both of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State as well as Chiedozie Okezie Uzochukwu of Nigerian Tulip International College in Abuja.
Einarsson explained further that the company had demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the project by doubling the prize money for the winning students and their teachers this year as part of the 20th anniversary, marking the mutually beneficial relationship between Cowbell and Mathematics.
The ultimate winner in each of the categories will be rewarded with N2 million plus and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country, while the first and second runners-up will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.
In each category, the teacher of the top prize winner will win N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.
Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz show is endorsed by the National Examinations Council (NECO), which conducts both the Basic Education Certificate Examination and Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.