Fingers crossed for the Grande Finale
Welcome To NSMQ
The NSMQ is the longest-running independent production on television in Ghana. The programme is very popular with not only its main target group – Senior High School students – but also with parents and, especially, with former students (old boys and girls), who take great pride in the performance of their schools on this programme.
Indeed, the Saturday 11a.m. slot on GTV is synonymous with the NSMQ, as this has been the time slot for the programme since it first aired in 1994.
When the quiz started, it involved only 32 schools across the country, and these were divided into the Northern Sector and Southern Sector, with 16 schools per sector. Winners in both sectors were then brought to Accra for the national championship. This format was changed after some six years. Since then, schools drawn from all parts of Ghana meet in Accra to compete for the sought-after title. …Read More
A key element of the National Science & Maths Quiz is claiming the bragging rights as national champions of Science and Maths. Contestants look forward to winning so they can beat their chests and recount how they beat so and so school to win the trophy. Current and old students of Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (Presec) will seize every opportunity to let you know they are the Lionel Messi of the National Science & Maths Quiz. Having won the quiz five times (1995, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009), they indeed deserve to flaunt it. It definitely is no mean achievement!
However, it was Prempeh College which first won the title in 1994 and subsequently went on to win the third edition in 1996. Their city rivals, Opoku Ware School followed their heels and won the 1997 edition and later, the 2002 edition….Read More
Format Of The Competition
There are five (5) rounds of competition per contest:
- General Questions
- Speed Race
- Problem of the Day
- True or False
This comprises of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. This round tests students’ understanding of scientific concepts and theories, especially those that reflect Science and Mathematics, as applied to our everyday life situations. Here, the contestants apply the science they learn at school to their immediate surroundings in practical terms.
This is a new round to be kick started in the 2016 edition of the NSMQ. Questions are thrown to the contestants and the first to answer gets full three (3) points. Should the answer be wrong, the question is then given to the second fastest as a bonus for two (2) points and one (1) point to the contestant who gets the question last as a bonus. 12 questions will be set for this round. This new addition is to inject more excitement into the competition and also see how fast contestants can break down certain questions.
This is usually a complex question given to all schools at the same time and requires the use of multiple concepts or formulae. Schools have three (3) minutes to solve the problem as a team and hand in their written solution to the Quiz Mistress to grade. One student from each school would then put the school’s solution on the board for adjudication. The Quiz Mistress explains the “Ideal Solution” to the problem as proposed by the team of Consultants, before awarding marks to the schools. “The Problem of the Day” is worth 10 points.
The Quiz Mistress makes a statement to each school and the team is to answer if the statement is true or false.
There are four (4) riddles in this round and each question is open to all schools. A series of clues to each riddle is given and the first school to press the bell is allowed to answer. There is a weighting system on scoring, according to the number of clues given. Answering on the first clue gives five (5) points; on the 2nd clue gives four (4) points; and thereafter, three (3) points.