Cowbell Maths Competition 2012: Final Round0
Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, has held the second and final stage exams of its Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) in four zones in the country.
A total of 74 pupils, who scored the highest marks in the senior and junior categories in the first stage exams (state champions) held in March in 200 centres in the country (including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT) participated in the final exam in the Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Abuja zones.
Fourteen pupils from the Southwest, with two from each state (one junior and one senior champion) took part in the competition in the Lagos zone. The states are Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Oyo and Osun.
The pupils representing the Southeast sat for the exam in Enugu. Those representing the Southsouth sat for the exam in Port Harcourt while those representing the Northern sat for the exam in Abuja.
Mr Kachi Onubogu, Marketing Director of the company, said the best pupils in each category (junior and senior) from each state and the FCT participated in the final exam, adding that a total of 74 pupils participated in it.
He also said the final exam would produce the national winner as well as other best 10 pupils from each category.
On the zoning of the exam centres, Mr Orunsolu Ismail, a top official of the state’s Ministry of Education, who represented the Commissioner of Education, said the company has decentralised its exam centres as against the former practice of converging all the pupils on Lagos.
“The usual practice before was that all the 74 pupils would converge on Lagos. But now, there are about four zones – Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja”, he said.
The best pupil in the senior category from Iganmode Grammar School, representing Ogun State, Akinjide Ayokunle, described the final exam as easy, adding that the competition is an eye opener.
He advised the government and other companies to emulate Promasidor’s initiative.
Similarly, Mr Anthony Okogi, a Mathematics teacher with Baptist Model High School, Ilorin, who accompanied his pupil, Akerekan Olayinka, winner of the senior category in the state, said the competition has assisted pupils and teachers to know their abilities, as it prepares them to compete with others in the country.
The Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) is a platform for identifying outstanding pupils and encouraging excellence among secondary school pupils in the country.
It started in 1998 with the aim of helping pupils to demystify mathematics and has since then, become a reference point in educational corporate social responsibility.