The 2017 National Science and Mathematics quiz was on Thursday launched in Accra by Primetime, producers of the Quiz programme.
This year’s edition is slated for June 2 to 29 at the University of Ghana, Legon, with the Grand Finale scheduled for June 29 at the National Theatre.
The competition, the 22nd edition, will bring together 135 Senior High Schools to participate in the National championship.
The launch was to inform stakeholders in the country’s educational sector about the impending event and the importance of Mathematics and Science in national development.
Speaking at the launch, Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, the President of Primetime, emphasised that the contribution of National Science and Maths Quiz had produced scientists for the country.
She said Primetime would hold Mentorship session which features various individuals excelling in the science and technology industry, as a means of exposing the participants to the career opportunities open to them as science students.
Ms Ankomah-Asare said there would also be maiden edition of a Science and Technology Fair, slated for June 27-28 at the University of Ghana and an excursion as well.
The 2017 edition was sponsored by the Ghana Education Service through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools and supported by GOIL, Prudential Life Insurance and Accra College of Medicine.
Mr Andrews Kwabena Quaning, the Director of Science and Mathematics, Ghana Education Service who spoke on behalf of the Education Minister, expressed gratitude to Primetime and the sponsors saying both had contributed immensely to the sustainability of the programme.
Mr Quaning said the downward trends in Science and Mathematics education was worrisome and called on Primetime to organise the competition at class level, inter-house level and assured them of government’s support.
He said government as part of its commitment to science education was equipping science laboratories across the Senior High Schools in the country.
He encouraged all the qualified schools to put up their best in the impending competition.
Mrs Cecilia Kwakye Cofie, the President, Conference of Heads of Secondary Schools (CHASS), said CHASS was delighted to be part of the activity as the main financier of the project to the participation of schools.
“This is because science and technology are the key tools in bringing development especially in the present times and the future.”
She said CHASS was committed to the course and would continue to actively participate in all the processes that lead to sustainability of the Quiz.
She appealed to the education Ministry to help rehabilitate science laboratories and resource centres to promote effective teaching and learning of the two subjects.