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50,000 students write first stage of NASSMAC examination

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Director General, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Prof Adewale Solarin, (left); wife of the Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Mrs. Ayo; the vice chancellor, Prof Charles Ayo; winner of the TUMA prize, Master Akinleye Akinfoluhan Akintobi; Chairman of The Ambassadors Schools, Mr. Samson Yomi and the wife, Mrs Victoria Osewa during the TUMA prize giving ceremony

Director General, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Prof Adewale Solarin, (left); wife of the Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Mrs. Ayo; the vice chancellor, Prof Charles Ayo; winner of the TUMA prize, Master Akinleye Akinfoluhan Akintobi; Chairman of The Ambassadors Schools, Mr. Samson Yomi and the wife, Mrs Victoria Osewa during the TUMA prize giving ceremony

Over 50,000 junior and senior secondary school students sat for the first stage examination of this year’s Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) across the country on Saturday.

Category Manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited (makers of Cowbell Milk), Mr. Abiodun Ayodeji, disclosed this in an interview at Immaculate Heart Secondary School, Maryland, Lagos, one of the 184 examination centres in the country this year.

According to him, 600 students sat for the examination at the Immaculate Heart Secondary School alone, with many other students allocated to 18 other centres located in different parts of the state.

Ayodeji expressed concerns about the mass failure students round the country have recorded in the subject in the recent past in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC)-organised West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He said the urge to develop the students’ interest in the subject formed the basis upon which Promasidor initiated the concept of NASSMAC 16 years ago.

He said he was impressed that the annual competition has increasingly spurred the interest of secondary school students in the subject in Nigeria as Promasidor records yearly increase in the number of participating students in the competition.

The category manager said his firm’s determination to rekindle the interest of students in the competition informed the improved cash prizes to be given out this year.

The overall best student in the junior and senior categories will win N750, 000, while the first and second runners-up will smile home with N500, 000 and N250, 000 respectively.

Ayodeji also stated that teachers of the best students for the junior and senior categories will get N250, 000 as those in the second and third positions will go home with N200, 000 and N150, 000.

Poised to add value to the competition, he said Cowbell included a radio programme this year, which is already running on 15 stations pan-Nigeria.

On the programme, he stated, a five-minute mathematics class is held on radio between Monday and Friday. According to him, topics discussed on the programme are in sequence with the school syllabus to help the participating students excel in their mathematics.



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