The National Examinations Council (NECO), has released the results of the 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Qualifying Examination, conducted on Saturday, 19th March, 2016. There are four perfect scores from three schools.
A total of 46,698 students, comprising 4,892 (junior category) and 22,443 (senior category), sat for the qualifying exam in 235 centers across the country. This year’s enrolment is forty per cent above last year’s figure, with three states recording the highest enrolment growth. These states are Kaduna, 214 per cent; Kebbi, 164 per cent; and Sokoto, 146 per cent.
From the 46,698, enrolment figure, 108 students (54 each for junior and senior categories) are to proceed to the second stage, which is the Television Quiz Show. This figure is made up of the top 20 for the two categories; and 34 best scores, based on one per state.
The second stage, which will be in a quiz format, will be further sub-divided into preliminary, semifinals and finals. The show will serialize into 13 episodes and will be aired on 14 television stations across the country.
The Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Thiry, acknowledged the support given by the NECO, state Ministries of Education, school principals, teachers, the press and other Partner agencies for their support for the initiative over the years.
He explained that the company has significantly increased the prize money for the finals for both students and teachers. This year, he said, the top prize student winner in each category will go home with One Million Naira in addition to other prizes, while the teacher will be awarded Four Hundred Thousand Naira.
The winner this year will go home with a cash of one million naira, a medal, a trophy and an all-expense paid vacation. The first and the second runner-up will smile home with N750, 000 and N500, 000 respectively. There will also be a plaque, mathematics textbooks and a desktop computer for the winners.
The NECO is an examination body in Nigeria that conducts the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination. This year’s edition of the Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics T.V Quiz show is in partnership with the examination body to widen the reach to participants across the country.