The third edition of the National Core Subjects Quiz (NCSQ) has been launched in Accra on Friday under the theme, “Public education, an essential factor for significant impact, growth and the development of Ghana.”
This year’s competition would see 38 schools public and private schools across the country participating: an increase from last year’s 20 schools that participated in the competition.
Speaking at the launch, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PAL Foundation, organiers of the quiz, Albert Tetteh explained that, eight schools would qualify from the preliminary stage to meet other eight seeded schools in the round of 16.
He said, this year’s event would be keenly contested as other schools outside Accra were determined to walk away with the ultimate prize.
“This is the first time we have extended the competition to other regions including the Central, Western and Volta regions and we are looking foward to a very exciting event,” he stated.
He added that, the theme was carefully selected to help change the thought processes of people in society by educating them.
“We need to educate every Ghanaian not only in schools but as well as homes and on the streets to ensure that Ghana has very educated people to build the nation,” he stressed.
He called for support from corporate entities to make the event bigger, which would go a long way to help in the development of the country.
Chairperson for the event, Mr Erasmus Mensah Laryea, lauded organisers of the initiative, saying it would offer the opportunity to young people in the basic schools to also have the experience of participating in such competitions.
“Quiz must not only be limited to the Senior High Schools but must start from the basic level so students would grow and be well equipped to face the challenges at the higher levels,” he stated.
He called for support and stressed that the competition would go a long way to solve the problems students face especially with the core subjects including Mathematics, Science and English.
The competition would begin on Monday, April 15 to Friday May 3 and supported by BIC, RMG Ghana Limited and other entities.
According to Brands Manager at BIC, Israel Noryibey they were committed to anything that would promote education in the country, hence the support.
He said, they would stay for a long time to support the NCSQ to become one of the biggest events in the country.
Singer Stephanie Benson and media personality Tima Kumkum, in their separate messages, urged the students to take education seriously as it would help them become better people in society.
BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE