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Seven private schools aside from the 140 public schools will for the first time participate in the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) this year.
The seven private schools taking part in the competition are the Louis Rutten Senior High School (SHS), Regentropfen SHS, Sonrise Christian High School, Wallahs Academy, Hope College, St Andrews SHS and Otoo Memorial SHS.
Eighty nine regional qualifiers will contest at the preliminary stage for the national championship after which they will be joined by 58 seeded schools at the one-eighth stage for the contest which will be held from October 6 to 19 2023 for the third time in Kumasi followed by the grand finale on October 24, 2023 in Accra.
This was made known at the 30th anniversary launch of the NSMQ for second cycle schools in the country last Tuesday in Accra.
At the event, balloting was held for the 2023 edition with Anlo SHS, Nkoranza SHTS and the Bompeh SHS slugging it out in the first contest.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Primetime Limited, Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, said the fact that the programme had not only survived 30 years but was also thriving and expanding was a big testament to its relevance in terms of content and the impact it had made.
“Today provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the events that have led us to the momentous occasion, the 30th anniversary edition of our beloved NSMQ.
Through our incredible team of employees, partners. sponsors, collaborators, suppliers and sponsors all over the world, we have been able to continue evolving and growing over the years while staying true to our roots,” she said.
Ms Ankomah-Asare said over the past 30 years, the NSMQ had had numerous challenges most of which were financial.
“There are still many opportunities ahead and we are confident that if we apply the same dedication, devotion and commitment to the cause that have moved us forward for the past 30 years, the NSMQ would continue to grow and succeed,” she added.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Dr Eric Nkansah, said since the establishment of the NSMQ 30 years ago, the competition had awoken the love and passion for the study of Science and Maths while fostering a healthy competition among senior high schools.
He further noted that the world was in the fourth industrial revolution, an era he said prioritised technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D and 4D print, coding, nanotechnology and many others.
“Hence, one of the key priority areas of government in education now is to update our learners with the 21st century skills required to compete with others across the world,” he said.
He expressed the hope that the NSMQ would continue to serve as a platform for innovation, collaboration and continuous learning for all Ghanaian children.