With 15 candidates in the second stage, Ogun State excelled in the 2018 Cowbellpedia Qualifying Examination conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO). Following closely was Rivers State with 10 candidates while Osun State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja had five candidates each.
In all, 41,735 students sat for the qualifying examination held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, to participate in the competition which is being sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited. The junior category had 21,585 candidates, while the remaining 20,150 were senior secondary school students.
Further, breakdown of the results shows that Ambassador College, Ota, Ogun State, which produced champions in both categories in 2016, topped the school chart with nine students in the second stage, while Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State came second with seven students.
Also, there were three perfect scores in the junior category in two schools. The students with 100 per cent scores are Favour Okarike and Benny Sampson-Uche from Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and Chiedozie Okezie Uzochukwu of Nigerian Tulip International College, Abuja.
Results have since been posted on the Cowbellpedia portal: www.cowbellpedia.ng
The 108 qualifiers for the second round are in two categories – 54 each for the junior and senior categories – and will all proceed to the Television Quiz Show.
The second stage, which is in a quiz format, will take the candidates through the preliminary, semi-final and final rounds. The show will be broadcast in 13 weekly episodes on major television stations across the country including DSTv.
The Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr Anders Einarsson acknowledged the support of NECO, state Ministries of Education across the country, school principals, teachers, the media and partner agencies on the initiative over the years.
He explained that the company has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the project by significantly increasing the prize money for both winning students and their teachers.
This year’s prize money has been doubled as the ultimate winner in each of the categories will be rewarded with N2,000,000 (Two million Naira) plus an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country, while the first and second runners-up will receive N1,500,000 (One million five hundred thousand Naira) and N1,000,000 (One million Naira) respectively.
The teachers of the top prize winners will win N500,000 (Five hundred thousand Naira), while those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400,000 (Four hundred thousand Naira) and N300,000 (Three hundred thousand Naira) respectively.
Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz show is endorsed by NECO, the examination body that conducts both the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).