Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz

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Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz
Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz.png
Also known asNational Science and Maths Quiz
GenreQuiz show
Presented byElsie Effah Kaufmann
Country of originGhana
Original languageEnglish
Release
Original network
Original release1993 (1993) –
present (present)
External links
Website
Production website

The National Science and Maths Quiz is an annual science and mathematics content-based national level quiz competition for senior high schools in Ghana. It has been produced by Primetime Limited, an education-interest advertising and public relations agency, since 1993.[1]

The objective of the National Science & Maths Quiz is to promote the study of the sciences and mathematics, help students develop quick thinking and a probing and scientific mind about the everyday world around them, while fostering healthy academic rivalry among senior high schools.

The quiz, originally sponsored by "Brillant Soap", is popularly referred to as “Brilla” by many who have gone through the secondary school system and it is one of the few academic events that brings all of Ghana's secondary schools together.[2][3] The National Science and Maths Quiz is the longest running educational programme on Ghanaian television. It is broadcast on GTV during the quiz season every Saturday at 11am and Wednesdays at 4pm.

History[edit]

The idea for the production of a quiz programme aimed at encouraging the study of the sciences and mathematics was not mooted at a national science fair or conference. It happened on the tennis court of the University of Ghana, Legon in 1993. Kwaku Mensa-Bonsu, then Managing Director of Primetime, was on the court to play a tennis game with his playmates, the late Professors Marian Ewurama Addy and Ebenezer Kweku Awotwe. Mensa-Bonsu was curious as to why birds could stand on a live electric wire without getting electrocuted, but human beings could not do same[4]. From Awotwe's explanation, Mensa-Bonsu got the idea of putting together a quiz programme on science and mathematics.

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. Prempeh College won the maiden edition.

In 1997, the geographical sector system was abandoned, and two northern sector schools (from the old format), Opoku Ware School and Prempeh College made it to the finals where Opoku Ware School won their first trophy.

In 1998, the tournament became known as the National Science & Maths Quiz, when the qjiz show lost its original sponsorship from Brillant Soap. Subsequently, in 2012, the Ghana Education Service, through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools took up the sponsorship of the programme. In terms of participation, beginning in 2000, the number of schools was increased to 40. The number of participating schools again, was increased in 2013 to 81, although 66 ultimately showed up for the competition. Thus, the participation format was changed to a three-team contest instead of the two-team contest which had characterized the competition since its inception in 1993. To give the programme a national character, the quiz has since 2014 involved 135 schools from all parts of Ghana. Since 2014, 108 schools are selected from regional and zonal competitions and qualifiers to join 27 seeded schools (quarter-finalists from the previous year's competition) at the National Championships. The NSMQ regions are Greater Accra, Central, Eastern and Ashanti Regions while the zones are Bono-Ahafo, Western, Volta-Oti and Northern Zones.

The first quiz mistress was the late Professor Marian Ewurama Addy, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon. She was quiz-mistress from 1993 till 2000. “When in 1993/94, during the planning of a televised quiz programme on Science, I was asked to be the Quiz Mistress, I could not say No”, she wrote in her memoir, Rewards: An Autobiography. “I was interested in females becoming scientists and this was an opportunity to invite the young ones to become scientists…I thought that this was a most effective way of being a role model,” she added. In recognition of her contributions to promoting the study of Science and Mathematics among girls through the NSMQ, Prof. Addy was named the Marketing Woman of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana in 1995.

Eureka Emefa Adomako, a botanist at the University of Ghana, Legon, took over as quiz-mistress from 2001 to 2005, having been recommended by Prof. Addy. Dr. Adomako took charge of the programme until she had to leave for postgraduate studies. Before leaving, just as Prof. Addy recommended her as quiz mistress, Dr. Adomako recommended that Dr. Kaufmann take over as quiz mistress.

In 2006, Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, the founding Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Ghana, Legon, took over as quiz mistress.[5][6] Over the past ten years, she has succeeded in bringing her own style to the programme, occasionally injecting some humour into an otherwise formal programme. As the chairperson of the moderation team, Dr. Kaufmann is supported by a team of consultants made up of Prof. W. A. Asomaning, Dr. Ebenezer Owusu, Dr. Amos Kuditcher and Dr. Douglas Adu-Gyamfi, all of the University of Ghana, Legon.

Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School, (PRESEC-Legon) has been the most successful school in the quiz so far, having been to the finals a record 10 times and winning the competition six times. Achimota School is the only coeducational school to have won the competition. No all-girls' school has ever won the competition. Only 11 schools in Ghana have won the competition since its inception.

In 2021, Primetime Limited launched the STEM Festival comprising Mentorship Sessions and the Sci-Tech Fair.[7] The STEM Festival has a Sci-Tech Fair component that includes a Sci-Tech Innovation Challenge and an Exhibition open Senior High Schools, Basic and Junior High Schools, Tech firms and start-ups.[8]

List of Hosts and Quiz Mistresses[edit]

Quiz Structure[edit]

Three schools compete in each contest and each school is represented by two contestants. The current quiz mistress is Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann. Presently, every contest is composed of five rounds with the following rules:

  • Round 1 — The round of fundamental questions. Each contesting school has to answer 4 Biology, 4 Chemistry, 4 Physics and 4 Mathematics questions. A wrongly answered question may be carried over as a bonus. Partial credit is sometimes awarded by the quiz mistress.
  • Round 2 — This round is called the speed race. All three schools are presented with the same mainly applied questions at the same time. A school answers a question by ringing the bell. There are no partial credits at this stage and a school gains a maximum of three points for answering a question correctly.
  • Round 3 — This round is known as the Problem of the Day. The contestants are required to solve a single question, worth 10 points, within 4 minutes.
  • Round 4True or False statements are given to the contestants in turns. The objective is to determine whether each statement is true or false. A correctly answered question fetches 2 points. A wrongly answered question attracts a penalty of -1 point. One may decide not to answer a question, in which case it will be carried over to the next contesting school as a bonus for the full benefit of the two points.
  • Round 5Riddles; clues are given to the contesting schools. The schools compete against each other to find the answers to the riddles. Getting the correct answer on the first clue fetches 5 points. On the second clue, 4 points are awarded for a correct answer. On the third or any other subsequent clue, a question answered correctly is given 3 points. There are 4 riddles in all.

List of Past Winners[edit]

[2][9]

Year Winners 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up
1994 Prempeh College Achimota School
1995 Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School Opoku Ware School
1996 Prempeh College Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School
1997 Opoku Ware School Prempeh College
1998 Achimota School St. Peter's Senior High School
1999 Mfantsipim School Wesley Girls' High School
2000 St. Peter's Senior Secondary School Mfantsipim School
2001 Pope John Secondary School Ghana Secondary Technical School
2002 Opoku Ware School St. Peter's Senior High School
2003 Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School Opoku Ware School
2004 Achimota School St. Peter's Senior Secondary School
2005 St. Peter's Senior Secondary School Opoku Ware School
2006 Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School St. Peter's Senior High School
2007 St. Augustine's College Kumasi Anglican Senior High School
2008 Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School Opoku Ware School
2009 Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School Achimota School
2010 No competition held
2011 No competition held
2012 Ghana Secondary Technical School St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary
2013 St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School
2014 Mfantsipim School Ghana Secondary Technical School St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary
2015 Prempeh College Adisadel College University Practice Senior High School
2016 Adisadel College Opoku Ware School Mfantsipim School
2017 Prempeh College St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School Adisadel College
2018 St. Peter's Senior High School West Africa Senior High School Adisadel College
2019 St. Augustine's College Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School St. Peter's Senior Secondary School
2020 Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School Adisadel College Opoku Ware School
2021 Prempeh College Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School Keta Senior High Technical School

Ranking[edit]

Here is the league of finalists at the National Science and Math Quiz.

Rank School Number of wins 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up Total finals Years won Years 1st runner-up Years 2nd runner-up
1 Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School 6 4 0 10 1995, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2020 1996, 2013, 2019, 2021
2 Prempeh College 5 1 0 6 1994, 1996, 2015, 2017, 2021 1997
3 St. Peter's Senior High School 3 4 1 8 2000, 2005, 2018 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006 2019
4 Opoku Ware School 2 5 1 8 1997, 2002 1995, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2016 2020
5 Achimota School 2 2 0 4 1998, 2004 1994, 2009
6 Mfantsipim School 2 1 1 4 1999, 2014 2000 2016
7 St. Augustine's College 2 0 0 2 2007, 2019
8 Adisadel College 1 2 2 5 2016 2015, 2020 2017, 2018
9 Ghana Secondary Technical School 1 2 0 3 2012 2001, 2014
10 St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Secondary School 1 1 0 2 2013 2017
11 Pope John Secondary School 1 0 0 1 2001
12 St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary 0 1 1 2 2012 2014
13 Wesley Girls' High School 0 1 0 1 1999
13 Kumasi Anglican Senior High School 0 1 0 1 2007
13 West Africa Senior High School 0 1 0 1 2018
16 Mfantsiman Girls' Senior High School 0 0 1 1 2013
16 University Practice Senior High School 0 0 1 1 2015
16 Keta Senior High Technical School 0 0 1 1 2021

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

List of senior secondary schools in Ghana

References[edit]

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