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A total of 108 junior and senior secondary school students in Nigeria out of about 34,000 that sat for this year’s edition of Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) across the country have been shortlisted for the second stage that will start this weekend.
Mr. Festus Tettey, Head of Marketing, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, and promoter of the competition disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday.
He explained that 54 of the students qualified from the JSS3 students that participated in the first stage examination held earlier in the year. Also, 54 students qualified from the senior category.
On the modality used before arriving at 54 successful students for each category, Tettey said the top 20 students from around the country were picked while the balance 34 were representatives from the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
Unlike before, Tettey said there is improvement on the second stage of the competition this year, as the 2015 edition marks the 15th year sponsorship of NASSMAC by Cowbell. To commemorate this feat, he stated, the Second Stage has been changed to an interactive Quiz Competition known as Cowbellpedia, which is endorsed by National Examinations Council (NECO).
He disclosed that the Quiz competition, which will be aired on 13 television stations across the country, will be on the topics: Number & Numeration; Algebra; Geometry & Measuration; Statistics & Probability; Trigonometry; as well as Introduction to Calculus.
According to him, the Television stations that will air the Cowbellpedia Quiz are: AIT Network, TVC Lagos, NTA Channel 10 Lagos, MITV, Ondo Television, NTA Ibadan, NTA Port Harcourt, ABS Onitsha, NTA Enugu, ITV Benin, NTA Kaduna, STB Jos and Niger TV Minna; every Saturday by 8:30pm.
Also, Tettey said that there is significant increase in prize money for the students this year. The best students in both categories will receive N750,000 each while the first and second runners–up will smile home with N500,000 and N250,000 in that order.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Olivier Thiry, the Managing Director of Promasidor, said innovation sits at the core of what we do in Promasidor. His words: “Innovation drives the way we think, act and interact with our consumers and customers.”
In view of this, he said for over 15 years now, Promasidor is committed to the development and nurturing of mathematics in Nigeria through the platform of NASSMAC, adding that it is time to give it a new creative twist. His words: “Today, this new and value-adding direction takes our initiative to another height in our pursuit to nurture great innovators – engineers and scientists for tomorrow. Mathematics is particularly unique as it is the bedrock upon which science and technology is built.
The Cowbellpedia TV Quiz Show is designed to reward and celebrate excellence in the subject area of Mathematics. He therefore expressed optimism that Cowbellpedia will increase and heighten the interest of more Nigerian youth in the study of mathematics and in doing so, nurture great future Inventors.
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