Results of the 2019 Cowbellpedia qualifying examination conducted nationwide on Saturday, February 9, have been released.
Details of the released results showed that a total of 15 students from schools in 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja scored perfect scores, erasing the old record of six perfect scores achieved in 2016.
The qualifying exam was conducted by the National Examinational Council (NECO) in the junior and senior categories.
While Anambra, Rivers, Benue and Ogun States each produced two students on the list of excellence, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Kaduna, Abia and Osun States plus FCT Abuja had one candidate each on the list.
Further analysis of the result revealed that 182 junior candidates and 57 senior candidates scored between 91 and 100 percent, 438 junior and 103 senior candidates fall within 81 and 90 percent bracket, while 893 candidates in the junior and 280 in the senior got between 71 and 80 percent.
In all, 108 students (54 each for junior and senior categories) will contest at the second stage of the competition, which is the television quiz show.
The candidates will go through preliminary and semi-final phases with the best six in each category emerging to compete for the ultimate prize at the finals.
Results have already been posted on Cowbellpedia website, www.cowbellpedia.ng, and can also be accessed through a live chat on Facebook messenger @cowbellmilk.
It was gathered that a record 56,073 students, comprising 29,073 in the junior category and 27,000 in the senior category, sat for the qualifying examination in 203 centres across the country.
The Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show is in its 21st edition. It is sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
At this year’s edition, organisers said the show will be serialised into 13 episodes and aired on six local TV stations, AIT network and DSTV Africa Magic across the country from August 10, 2019.
At the end of it all in November 2019, the ultimate winner in each of the junior and senior categories will have as rewardN2 million plus an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country.
Announcing this at the flag-off of the competition earlier in the year, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr Anders Einarsson, said the first and second runners-up in each category will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.
The teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.
Marketing Manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr Abiodun Ayodeji, explained that the objectives of Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, which is in partnership with the NECO, is to awaken the consciousness and interest in Mathematics amongst Junior and Senior secondary school students in Nigeria, improve students’ performance in the subject pan-Nigeria and also create a clear platform for identifying outstanding students, encourage and reward excellence in Mathematics through a creditable platform.
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