Promote National Science & Math Quiz to support STEM education
Since its introduction in 1993 by Primetime Limited, an education-interest advertising and public relations agency, the National Science & Math Quiz (NSMQ) has grown to be a much-anticipated and captivating yearly event that sparks students’ interest in science and mathematics.
The NMSQ aims to encourage students to study the sciences and mathematics, to think critically and with a scientific mindset about the world they live in, and to build a positive sense of healthy competition among senior high schools.
Due to the increased interest in the NSMQ from a variety of sources, including parents, tutors, current students, and alumni, the event is growing more competitive and fascinating.
Alumni are now providing their alma mater with enormous assistance in order to guarantee that participating students hone their problem-solving abilities to foster academic achievement and healthy competition.
Students are studying harder, learning effective communication skills, and working together as a team to strive for excellence and make their schools proud because of the competitive aspect of the quiz.
Their confidence and self-worth are also increasing as a result of the quiz, and this will undoubtedly have a good effect on both their general academic achievement and future employment in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The objective of the NSMQ is similar to that of STEM curriculum, which was developed to prepare students in primary and secondary schools for careers in STEM fields as well as tertiary education and college.
In addition to imparting knowledge related to the subject, STEM aims to foster critical thinking, reasoning, and collaborative skills.
Without a question, STEM fields are at the centre of technological innovation. Since these fields are crucial for social, economic, and other forms of development, young people should be inspired to pursue courses in these fields and given the tools they need to become self-sufficient.
The NSMQ competition has now motivated the youth to seek careers in STEM, which will eventually benefit the country’s growth.
The Spectator applauds Primetime Limited for this wonderful effort to support students in discovering their aptitude in science and mathematics.
In our opinion, in addition to the Ghana Education Service’s (GES’) involvement, further efforts should be made to advance the NSMQ and use it as a vital platform for fostering a promising future in STEM education.
To create a strong STEM education in Ghana and beyond, the government, academic institutions, corporate organisations and other stakeholders should consistently promote and invest in the NSMQ.
With the rapid advancement of technology, STEM knowledge is becoming increasingly important for development, and NSMQ needs to be promoted in order to support STEM education.
We would like to congratulate the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon, Achimota School, Opoku Ware Senior High School (SHS), and all other participating schools in this year’s quiz.