As the grand finale of the 2023 edition of the National Science and Mathematics Quiz (NSMQ) take place on Monday, October 30, 2023, three Senior High Schools are set to compete at the National Theater at 2 p.m. for the NSMQ trophy.
The public Senior High Schools are Kumasi-based Opoku Ware School (OWASS) Achimota School (MOTOWN) and defending champions of the Science and Mathematics quiz, Presbyterian Boys Secondary School (PRESEC-Legon).
Profile of PRESEC
Established in 1938, Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC) is a secondary boarding school for boys, it is located in Legon, Accra, Ghana. It was founded in 1938, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast.
The school was originally located in Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana before moving to its current location in Legon, in 1968. The school anthem is “Happy Are We”, written by J. L. Anang and transcribed by Stephen Appiah Danquah.
The Presbyterian Boys School has the most NSMQ trophies. With twelve appearances in the final stage of the Science and Maths quiz, PRESEC is the 7-time champion of the competition (1995, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2020 and 2022).
Opoku Ware School
Established in 1952, Opoku Ware School, often referred to as OWASS, is a public Catholic senior high school for boys, located in Santasi, a suburb of Kumasi, which is the capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
The school offers a three-year Senior High School course. The curriculum of the school consists of core subjects namely: English Language, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, ICT, RME and PE and four specialized programmes which are General Science, General Arts, Business and Visual Arts.
With nine appearances at the finals of the Primetime Limited-sponsored Science and Maths competition, the Santasi-based Opoku Ware School is a two-time champion of the National Science and Mathematics Quiz (1997 and 2002).
Achimota School formerly Prince of Wales College and School at Achimota, later Achimota College, now nicknamed Motown, is a co-educational boarding school located at Achimota in Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana.
The school was founded in 1924 by Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey and the Rev. Alec Garden Fraser.
It was formally opened in 1927 by Sir Frederick Guggisberg, then Governor of the British Gold Coast colony. Achimota, modelled on the British public school system, was the first mixed-gender school to be established on the Gold Coast.
With four appearances at the finals of the Primetime Limited-sponsored Science and Maths competition, the Greater Accra-based Motown is a two-time champion of the National Science and Mathematics Quiz (1998 and 2004).