As the National Examination Council, NECO, released the results of the 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Qualifying Examination, conducted on Saturday, 19th March, 2016, the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Thiry, has 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 first and the second runners-up will go home with N750, 000 and N500, 000 respectively. There will also be plaques, mathematics textbooks and a desktop computer for the winners.
Thiry also acknowledged the support given by the NECO, state Ministries of Education, school principals, teachers, the press and other Partner agencies for their supports for the initiative over the years.
Meanwhile, the qualifying exam has produced a stunning dimension as The State of Osun has produced four out of the eight students that got the 100 percent perfect score in both categories.
The students are Ayomide Nafisat of Reality High School, Osogbo; Osagiede Efosa of Obafemi Awolowo International School, Ile-Ife; Ajayi Ayomide and Aromolaran Adegoke, both of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesa.
Other students with perfect scores include Ukpabi Onyedikachi, Britarch Seondary School, Umuahia; Duke Favour, Deeper Life High School, Calabar; Udo Blessing and Daniel Oreofe, both of Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State.
A total of 46,698 students, comprising 24,255 (junior category) and 22,443 (senior category), sat for the qualifying exam in 235 centers across the country.
From the figure, 108 students (54 each for junior and senior categories) are to proceed to the second stage, which is the Television Quiz Show.
The second stage, which will be in a quiz format, will be further sub-divided into preliminary, semifinals and finals. The show will be serialized into 13 episodes and air on major television stations across the country.