Winner to get N2m as 2019 Cowbellpedia Maths Contest begins

By 'Gbenga Bankole

THE search for the best students in mathematics in secondary schools in Nigeria has begun as the registration for the 2019 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics competition opened on Tuesday.

The Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, the organiser and sponsor of the competition, Mr Anders Einarsson, announced the kick-off at a press conference in Lagos, saying the 21-year-old initiative has really made many more students across the country to develop an interest in the study of mathematics and also in science subjects.

According to him, Cowbellpedia which is part of Promasidor’s social interventions in the education sector is a platform to identify and reward excellence in mathematics among junior and senior secondary school students within 10 and 18 years age bracket in Nigeria.

He noted that globally, investment in education has assumed an entirely new frontier that governments and corporate organisations have come to realise that building human capacity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses which mathematics is a key component, represents the driving force to attain socio-economic prosperity befitting the 21st century.

Promasidor has keyed into this vision and will not renege in the initiative but make it better each year.

He explained that the competition which is free and voluntary would take three major stages-qualifying exams holding across designated centres on February 9, the release of results on June 1st and the TV quiz series show to commence June 29- for winners to emerge.

He said just like the previous editions, the competition gives special consideration for at least two female students to be nominated in both categories in a mixed school as a way of contributing to girl-child education policy of the country.

He, however, disclosed that while overall winners in both categories would go home with N2 million each and an all-expense paid education excursion abroad and other gifts, their first and second runners-up would receive N1.5m and N1m each respectively and their respective teachers to get half a million, N400,000 and N300,000 in their order of performance.

He said the company’s expectation this year is to have more participants and healthier competition.
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