Prempeh College after their petition for the semi-final stage results of the 2023 National Science and Mathematics Quiz to be reviewed was thrown out has secured a court injunction to halt the grand finale of the competition.
Their injunction comes after it in a protest statement shared with AcademicWeek.com called on the producer of the Science and Maths competition, Primetime Limited to overturn the semi-final stage NSMQ results in their favour.
But in response to Prempeh’s protest, Primetime Limited said “While we greatly appreciate Prempeh College’s keen interest and passion for the NSMQ, we draw the line at insinuations of bias and attempts to favour some schools.
The Science and Mathematics Quiz organizer also indicated it would like Prempeh College to use the procedure described in the NSMQ Rules to address their grievances, rather than resort to a smear campaign on social media.
following the response of the Quiz producer, the five-time champion of the NSMQ has filed an injunction application to be heard on November 2, 2023 against Primetime Limited, Organisers of the popular National Science and Math Quiz.
Mr Kwame Boateng Atuahene, Counsel for the College, said they were praying to the Court for an order of Interlocutory Injunction against Primetime Limited or its agents, assigns, workmen, and privies from organising the Grand Finale of the 2023 National Science and Maths Quiz fixed for Monday 30 October 2023 at the National Theatre, or any other day before or after the afore-mentioned date pending the final determination of the matter.
Prempeh College injunction on NSMQ final
The said affidavit is not privy to the media or the public. However, Prempeh College and Primetime Limited have engaged in a disagreement over a riddle for which clues were given that point to the linear superposition principle during the semifinal stage contest that saw Opoku Ware School beat Prempeh College.
In response to the school’s petition, which claimed that the principle of superposition is the same as the principle of linear superposition, Primetime Limited noted that the Quiz Mistress, Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, exercises discretion on whether an answer provided by a contestant is sufficiently responsive and would have accepted the answer given by the Prempeh College contestants if, in her professional opinion, the target key and the answer given by the contestants were synonymous.
The statement signed by Managing Director of Primetime Limited, Nana Mensa-Bonsu, noted that Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann did not in this case, opting instead to maintain the more precise original key.
In response to Primetime Limited’s statement, Prempeh College reaffirmed their belief that the answer provided by their contestant was accurate. They clarified that they did not concur with the NSMQ’s consultant when the issue was initially discussed at the contest venue.
“Given that we may have reached an impasse we request that an independent consultant or body be engaged to bring finality to this matter since one cannot be a judge in his own matter. We are resolute in our minds that our answer is correct, and we will take all available steps and means including legal, if necessary, to ensure that Prempeh College and its contestants are given a fair hearing,” the school’s statement added.