Promasidor kicks off 2019 Cowbellpedia Maths Competition, N2m For Winners
Promasidor has commenced the search for the best students in mathematics in Nigeria secondary schools 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.
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.
The 2018 edition provided Akinfoluhan Akinleye a student of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State as the winner in the junior category while Chinedu Mgbemena, a student of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt became the champion in the senior category.