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Akufo-Addo to 2021 NSMQ winners: You are the future of Ghana

The winners of the 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) Prempeh College on Thursday presented their prize to the President Akufo-Addo

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  • “I am very encouraged that we have a school like yours in our country which is demonstrating ability, and capacity in the knowledge of science. It is the best possible indication of the security of our future. You are that future and your capacity to master the sciences is the best possible guarantee that Ghana’s future is going to be bright.”

The President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the Prempeh College winners of the 2021 edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) competition, are the future of the country and that they should not rest on their oars after their victory.

Prempeh College on Friday 26 November 2021 won the 2021 edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz held in Kumasi.

They beat off competition from Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC) from the Greater Accra Region and new entrant Keta Senior High and Technical School from the Volta Region.

They won with 53 points as against 49 points by PRESEC. Keta Senior High and Technical School (KETASCO) came third with 30 points.

Their win was the fifth time the Ashanti Regional champions have won the quiz. Prempeh College went away with a cash prize of GHC 5,300.00, PRESEC GHC 4,900.00 and KETASCO GHC 3,000.00.

Addressing the headmaster of Prempeh College; the three students who won the 2021 competition; management of Prime Time Limited, organisers of the NSMQ competition, and a host of former students of Prempeh College at the Jubilee House on 6 January 2022, when they paid a courtesy call on him to present their trophy, President Akufo-Addo said the ability demonstrated by the competing students in the NSMQ is the best possible indication of the security of the future of the nation.

NSMQ mistress Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann
NSMQ mistress Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann

“I am very encouraged that we have a school like yours in our country which is demonstrating ability, and capacity in the knowledge of science. It is the best possible indication of the security of our future. You are that future and your capacity to master the sciences is the best possible guarantee that Ghana’s future is going to be bright,” Akufo-Addo said.

18-unit classroom block

The headmaster of Prempeh College, Aaron Attuah Gyau, in his brief remarks before leading the students to present their trophy to the President, requested of government to come to the aid of the college and to complete an eighteen (18) unit classroom block that was started during the era of former President John Agyekum Kufour.

John Agyekum Kufuor
John Agyekum Kufuor

President Akufo-Addo in his response noted that the request of the headmaster could “only be right”, pledging that it was certainly his duty to complete what his “former boss” (former President John Kufuor, who was present at the ceremony as a former student of Prempeh College), had started.

Funding of NSMQ

Managing Director of Prime Time Company Ltd, the organizers of the NSMQ, Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, in her statement lamented the lack of adequate funding from the state to support the execution of the competition. She pleaded with the President to charge the Education Minister, Yaw Adu-Twum, to make funding available to organizers of the NSMQ.

 

However, President Akufo-Addo in response to the request noted that while he commends Prime Time for their good work, he was disturbed to learn about the issue of funding.

He indicated that his enquiry from the Education Minister points to the fact that the ministry is unaware of the access to funding challenges of Prime Time.

He therefore urged the management of Prime Time to take immediate steps to meet with the Education Minister to settle the matter forthwith.

The 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 parents and, especially, former students (old boys and girls), who take great pride in the performance of their alma maters during the competition.

The objective of the National Science and Maths Quiz has been to promote the study of the sciences and mathematics, help students develop quick thinking and a probing and scientific mind about the things around them, while fostering healthy academic rivalry among Senior High Schools. Without a doubt, these aims have been achieved.

The quiz, popularly referred to as “brilla” by many who have gone through the secondary school system, is one of the very few highly anticipated academic events that brings all of Ghana’s secondary schools together.

Wilberforce Asare

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