The National Science & Maths Quiz is one of the few academic events that brings all of Ghana’s secondary schools together, and for the first time in NSMQ history, contestants are having to compete without audience participation, however, Ghanaians are still showing their zeal and commitment to their schools and alma maters as the Quiz is being broadcast live on social media.
Before the Greater Accra Regional Preliminary Stage set of contests started, Primetime Limited – organisers of the NSMQ – outlined the COVID-19 protective measures that contestants must strictly adhere to throughout the competition.
Ms. Monica Ankrah, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, shared some words of encouragement with the contestants, urging them to win the trophy for the Greater Accra Region.
After the first two contests of the day, there was the Mentorship Session, where Dr. Lucy Agyapong, Associate Dean – Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, mentored participants on the need to find innovative ways of doing things in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All the eight schools that participated in the Greater Accra Regional Preliminary Stage of the National Championship stood the chance of winning a cash prize for either answering three (out of four), or all four riddles correctly. Winners of the GOIL Riddle Bonanza Package – three contestants and their teacher – would have won a total cash prize of GH¢300.00 for four correct riddles and GH¢200.00 for three correct riddles. However, none of the competing schools won this prize.
At the end of the Greater Accra Regional Preliminary Stage, St. Thomas Aquinas SHS, Tema Methodist SHS and Our Lady of Mercy qualified to the One-eighth Stage of the 2020 National Science & Maths Quiz, drawing them closer to the National Championship.
Below is a summary of this year’s Greater Accra Regional Preliminary Stage:
Contest One – NSMQ Champions, St. Thomas Aquinas SHS, proved that that they have still got the verve by winning their contest with an impressive score of 65 points. They led every round of the contest and kicked out St. Mary’s SHS and Ghanata SHS from this year’s competition. Check out a breakdown of Contest One at the Regional Preliminary stage.
Contest Two – First-timers at the National Championship, Tema Methodist SHS secured a place in the One-eighth Stage after an interesting duel with Our Lady of Mercy SHS. These two teams went head-to-head and tied in the third and fourth rounds of the second contest, with Holy Trinity Cathedral trying their best possible points to catch up. Here’s how Contest Two turned out
Contest Three – After a tragic loss in Contest Two, Our Lady of Mercy SHS bounced back and capitalised on the opportunity of participating again as the top runner-up from the first two contests, to win the third contest. They tied with West Africa SHS in the first round and locked horns with St. Margaret Mary SHS in the final round before sealing a win. Check out how Contest Three turned out in the Greater Accra Preliminary Stage.
The National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service in partnership with Absa Bank Ghana Limited and supported by Joy News, Prudential Life Insurance, Goil, Airtel Tigo, Dano Milk, Academic City, Accra College of Medicine, Academic City, Central University, GTP, Adansi Travels, Medifem Multi-specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre, Third Eyecare Vision Centre and YFM.
The NSMQ is proudly produced by Primetime.