Promasidor Partners NECO to Expand COWBELLPEDIA Reach
With the National Examinations Council (NECO) coming on board to endorse and conduct the first stage of the Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz show, Promasidor Nigeria Limited is expecting to reach more participants this year.
Festus Tettey, Head of Marketing at Promasidor said at a briefing on Tuesday that the qualifying examination for this year’s competition holding on March 19, 2016 will be conducted by NECO because of its experience in conducting public examination, such as the Senior School Certificate Examination twice yearly.
He also expressed confidence that the integrity the competition has sponsored for 18 years will not be compromised under NECO in response to concerns about examination leakages.
“We have talked about leakages with NECO and they have assured us it won’t happen. Working with NECO is to extend our reach. We have been a little short in reaching all parts of the country,” he said.
The competition is open to pupils aged 10 – 18 years in JSS3 and SS2 in both public and private secondary schools in Nigeria. Tettey said each school can now present five candidates for each category (junior and senior secondary). However, he said two in each set must be girls to stimulate the love for the subject among girls.
The firm has also developed an online registration portal (www.cowbellpedia.ng) for the competition as against the manual registration used in the past.
After the first stage examination, 54 pupils in each category (the best 20 nationwide, and the best in each state) will feature in the Cowbellpedia Television Show.
Managing Director, Promasidor, Mr. Olivier Thiry, said the company has increased the prize money for the top three winners in both categories and their teachers this year. The first in both categories will now get N1 million – up from N750,000; the second place, N750,000, and the third, N500,000. The top three teachers will get between N400,000 and N200,000.
“All these improvements are to underscore Promasidor’s efforts to provide a credible platform that discovers, recognizes and rewards excellence in Mathematics, a critical component of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Nigeria,” he said.