Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, has inaugurated the 2013 edition of the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC). Currently in its 13th edition, NASSMAC is a competition aimed at demystifying mathematics as a subject and awakening the consciousness and interest of secondary school students in the country in in the subject.
Addressing journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Promasidor Nigeria, Chief Keith Richards said through the competition, the company had been able to inspire students on the study of mathematics. According to him, Promasidor’s commitment over the years to NASSMAC has seen the initiative grows from a small school competition in Lagos in 1998 to a national competition with great reputation in the education industry.
While he disclosed that this year’s competition would also mark the 20th anniversary of Promasidor’s operation in Nigeria, Keth said there were bumper rewards awaiting this year’s winners and maths teachers who have stayed committed to the course of the competition.
“We have also increased the number of entries to three students at both junior and senior secondary school categories,” he added. Stating the requirements for participation, the company’s Commercial Director, Mr. Kachi Onubogu said the competition was open to all students between 10 and 18 years of age in JSS3 and SS2, in any government approved schools in the country.
He added that the competition would be in stages and the best three students in both categories would be required to represent respective schools. He noted that forms for participation was free and could be assessed on either the company’s website or headquarters’ office, stressing that the forms have to be properly filled, stamped and signed by the school principal but presented by the participating students to the officials at the examination centre at every stage of the competition.
While the best three students in each category at the state level will receive N25, 000, N20, 000 and N15, 000 respectively, aside certificates of recognition and other branded gift items, Onubogu said rewards for the best three at the national level would be more.