A quiz is a game or other competition in which questions are asked to test knowledge or ability and to determine winners based on their scores.
What Does the National Science And Maths Quiz Mean?
The National Science and Mathematics (NSM) is a scholarship competition for high school students in Ghana. It was first launched in 1991 by President Jerry John Rawlings who wanted to give science and mathematics education in Ghana a boost.
The NSM awards scholarships to exceptional students, mostly from public schools, and thus has become an avenue for many young people to pursue their dreams of becoming physicians, lawyers, engineers, scientists, or mathematicians. It is worth mentioning that only one student per school is allowed to take part in each category at all levels(Division one – Division Four). Only select schools are permitted to enter most categories.
The focus of this article will be on Senior High Schools in Ghana that have never won the National Science and Maths Quiz competition, something that many schools try to win year after year but fail to achieve.
What do we know about Accra Academy? Perhaps most significantly, they have never won a national science and maths quiz in their history. It is no surprise that students at other schools across Ghana have often viewed them as underachievers.
But, when you are talking about one of Ghana’s oldest secondary schools, with alumni including renowned physicist Dr. John Pii Appiagyei and former minister for defense Kofi Anno Duah (KOD), such comments would be frowned upon if not offensive to say that they have never won a national science and maths quiz.
The school has a proud history of academic excellence in both science and mathematics. The school is credited with creating Ghana’s first-ever female physicist and one of its first female mathematicians. Although there are many top senior high schools in Nigeria, today I will be introducing you to Aburi Girls’ Senior High School. Aburi Girls Senior High School was founded by Mary Slessor 1892, a Scottish missionary.
It is said that she named it after her hometown, Aburi; which is situated along a coastal forest on Akanland in the present-day Eastern Region of Ghana, West Africa. Over time, this school has been given various accolades for its academic excellence not only here in Ghana but also all over the African continent as well as globally.
Kumasi Technical Institution (KTI) located at Dzorwulu in Kumasi is a co-educational second cycle institution. It was founded as a Technical School by the British Government on 4th July 1947. Its first Headmaster was Mr.
It became a second-cycle institution on 1st January 1993 and was therefore upgraded to a Technical Institute. It took in its first set of students for the GCE level of the O-levels in June 1994 with three (3) Faculties namely: Engineering, Business Studies, and Humanities & Social Sciences. A fourth Faculty, that of Technical Teacher Education was added later when it became a Technical College on 31st December 1995.
There are several Senior High Schools in Ghana, and many names would come to mind when you talk about Top Senior High schools. However, there is one school that has produced some of society’s top scientists, but it hasn’t won any national science and math quizzes yet.
St. Louis Senior High School in Kumasi was founded by French Missionaries on November 3rd, 1910, and is among other catholic missionary schools in Ghana. The school had its first formal lesson on December 1st, 1910, and enrollment was restricted to males at first but was opened to female students from 1914 onwards.
Located on Cape Coast, St. Andrews College has won 27 national and international awards, 21 of which were awarded for academic excellence. It’s also been mentioned as one of Africa’s most prestigious schools by The Times.
Founded in 1876, it’s relatively young compared to its counterpart; but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a top contender. After all, their graduates have gone on to win multiple Nobel Prizes and Ph.D. awards—including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who graduated with a first-class honors degree in mathematics at only 17 years old!
In recent times, Accra Girls has consistently been among the top performers in both Mathematics and Science. The girls have had a history of performing well at competitions and very regularly come out tops in the finals of some quizzes. So far, they’ve won titles such as Best from South at Google Code Jam Africa 2016 and placed fourth in an international competition called African Code Week.
Their secret? They never compromise on their vision to develop and inspire young women to become leaders who contribute toward making a positive social impact. Going into next year, they will be setting up regional trial centers in all zones nationwide with a target of training 1 million students by 2020.
Wesley Girls Senior High School
Since its inception in 1997, WGSH has had a lot of success in extracurricular activities. It holds several national titles. It is also a very academic school with an impressive record, consistently achieving top positions at both WAEC and GCE levels.
The school boasts two campuses—Odorkor and Ireti-Minto—and admits students to both campuses each year through various programs and procedures. WGSH has always had several reputable scholars graduating from it annually to make great names for themselves in their respective fields including medicine, law, engineering, education, media, and information technology among others.
This public senior high school has produced some of our country’s top female scholars including Mrs. Clara Mould-Iddrisu and Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei Dery, two of Africa’s most celebrated female lawyers; Dr. Stella Taylor, one of Ghana’s foremost gynecologists;
Dr. Gladys Panyin Kweyama, a renowned cancer specialist; and Ms. Yaa Asantewaa Opoku –Danso, a globally acclaimed economist who currently serves as an adviser to President Mahama. The young ladies also won four consecutive titles at the prestigious International Physics Olympiad from 2006 to 2010.