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Cowbellpedia Teacher Speaks

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Posted: Sep 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hazeez Balogun

Probably the most watched educational show on television at the moment is Cowbellpedia quiz show. It features children from schools across the country solving mathematics questions. Already, top mathematicians are being discovered on the show with some who got 99 marks in Maths subject in GCE.
At the set of the show, Airwaves spoke with Mrs. Essien Bassey, a Mathematics teacher at Pegasus High School, Eket, Akwa Ibom State. She disclosed that her method of “preaching mathematics like a church sermon” has helped greatly in sustaining the interest of her students in the subject.
Bassey, who accompanied her student to the venue of the on-going 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Television Quiz Show in Lagos, explained that mathematics is a subject that requires a lot of emotions on the part of the teacher, and on the part of the students. “I have found out that Mathematics, like religion requires a lot of emotions; and since I discovered this, I have changed my tactics. Now I preach Mathematics; I don’t teach it. The bible is full of parables which Jesus used to illustrate his teachings that appeared difficult to his followers. The parables simplify the stories and consequently connect to the emotions of the listeners. The same I do in my class and it is working,” she told journalists outside the studio.
Her student, Uwakmfom Utuk and Ademola Fatoke of Ota Total Academy, qualified for the semi-final in the senior category. The duo overcame Oluwaseun Emoda of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State; Bukola Abolarin of Landmark University Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Kwara State; Nathaniel Damale of Aleka Academy, Ankpa, Kogi State; and Immaculate Conception Secondary School, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
In the junior category, Oreofe Daniel of The Ambassador College, Ota, Ogun State and Micah Gabriel of Evangel College, Gombe, Gombe State qualified for the semi-finals. The duo defeated Taofikat Tiamiyu of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State; Peter Atolagbe of Miracle International School, Osogbo, Osun State; Goodness Isang of Nigerian Turkish International School, Abuja; and Favour Anefu of Global Kids Academy, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
The ultimate prize for this year’s edition is N1million and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country. The teacher of the winning students will receive Four hundred thousand Naira.