The 2011 edition of Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) will begin with the first stage examination for this year’s contest holding on Saturday March 19, 2011 in 200 centres in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The competition is open to all students 10-18 years of age in JSS 3 and SS 2 attending full time secondary education in government approved schools in Nigeria.
Mr. Kachi Onubogu, General Manager, Marketing, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, sponsors of Cowbell NASSMAC, who officially flagged off the 2011 edition in Lagos on Tuesday, said that this year, being the eleventh edition, value has been added to the competition, scope increased and make it bigger and better.
“It would interest you to know that we have increased the number of students for each category that would represent each school, from the best two (2) to the best three (3), our reason for this is to give more students the opportunity of taking part in the competition as well as getting a chance to experience Cowbell NASSMAC.”
He explained at a press briefing that only the best three students in JSS 3 and SS 2 students from each school are eligible to sit for this examination.
Each school head will collect six (6) registration forms from the following sources. All Promasidor Depots Pan Nigeria; State Ministries of Education; Promasidor Head Quarters; Neo Media and Marketing Limited; Principals may also down load registration form online at www.promasidor-ng.com. It must be correctly filled, stamped and signed by the school’s principal and presented by the student to the officials at the examination centre on the examination day. Entry into this competition is free.
The number of centres has been increased from 130 to 200 nationwide, “so as to encourage participation as students won’t need to travel too far to write the examination in their various states.”
Students, teachers and head teachers are required to check their examination results in the company’s website: www.promasidor.ng.com as from Monday, May 9, 2011. Students with the highest scores in both the junior and senior categories from each state will be invited for the second and final stage examination from where the National prize winners shall emerge.
At the state level, cash prizes for the best three (3) students in each category for their outstanding performance at the first stage examination ranged from N25,00, N20,000 to N15,000 – first, second, third respectively in the junior and senior categories.
Cash awards would be given to the mathematics teachers amounting to N15,00 of the first prize winners in each state for both categories.
The second and final stage examination will hold in six (6) zones of the country on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
The final prize-giving award ceremony is scheduled to be held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday June 23, 2011. At this occasion, the best 15 students from each category at the second stage examination will be celebrated as Cowbell Mathematicians in the presence of all stakeholders and the minister of education.
For the junior category, the 1st prize is N250,000 plus trophy, medal and an all expense paid vacation, the 2nd prize is N200,000 plus plaque and medal. The 3rd prize is N150,000 plus plaque and medal.
The schools will also get between five, three and one Desktop computers and printers.
In respect of the senior category, 1st prize is N300,000 plus trophy, medal and an all expense paid vacation and Laptop. Second prize is N250,000 plus plaque, medal and Laptop while the 3rd prize is N200,000 plus plaque, medal and laptop.
There will also be Mathematics Teachers Awards at the national level in the two categories, ranging from N50,000 (1st prize plus all expense paid vacation), N30,000 (2nd prize) and N20,000 (3rd prize).
There will be consolation prizes and lots of Cowbell products for the candidates.
As regards the Mathematics Olympiad, the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad will hold in July in Tunisia. The best two students in the senior category last year would be sponsored to the olympiad.
Chief Keith Richards, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Ltd, said the Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition is household name in Nigeria today due to the tremendous support from everyone especially the media over the years.
“It is a known fact that the task of nurturing the future leaders of this country cannot be left in the hands of government alone. We also know that Mathematics is the bedrock of technological inventions and development,” he asserted.
Director General, National Mathematical Centre, Professor Sam Ale, noted that Promasidor Nigeria Limited, has over the years demonstrated its resolve to not only contribute to but also involve itself in the advancement of mathematics education in Nigeria through the organisation and sponsorship of National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition.
This has endeared the organisation to the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Mathematical Centre and indeed all states ministries of education and other agencies in Nigeria.