Krobo Girls’ SHS, this morning, suffered a painful loss to Fijai SHS at the preliminary stage of the 2018 National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival.
The all-girl school went down by a point difference at the end of the five rounds of questions.
It was Fijai SHS that took the lead in the first round but lost the top spot to Krobo Girls’ SHS in the second and third rounds of competition.
At the end of the fourth round, Fijai SHS had scored 28 points with their closest contender, Krobo Girls’ SHS pulling 27 points while Fiaseman SHS trailed with 17 points.
The contest was to be decided in the final round with four riddles to be unraveled by the competing schools. It was Krobo Girls’ SHS who answered the first riddle for 3 points. Fijai SHS also proved their dexterity in solving riddles as they also picked the second for 3 points.
Krobo Girls’ SHS again solved the third riddle for 3 more points, to lead with one point but it was Fijai SHS that provided the right answer to the final riddle.
But all hope may not be lost for Krobo Girls’ SHS, as their scores might be high enough to push them through to the one-eighth stage of the contest, as one of the 18 highest-scoring losing schools.
Krobo Girls’ SHS, who have been struggling in previous editions of the NSMQ, failed to correct their mistakes at this year national competition. In 2016, they lost at the preliminary stage of the competition to Bekwai SDA SHS and subsequently failed to qualify for the 2017 National Science & Maths Quiz.
Meanwhile, St. John’s Grammar SHS succeeded in eliminating Ve SHS and Zebilla SHTS in a separate contest to qualify for the next stage.
The National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), with support from GCB Bank, GTP, Lancaster University Ghana, Academic City College, Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital, Accra College of Medicine, Hawtie Makeup, West African Centre for Cell Biology for Infectious Pathogens and Awake Purified Drinking water. The Sci-Tech Fair is sponsored by Goil, Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, and Tullow, while Bond Savings & Loans and RMG Ghana Ltd are sponsoring the Mentorship Sessions.