The National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) has gradually evolved into a national pastime where much of the country is thrown into a boisterous frenzy with current high school students engaged in healthy rivalry and the older generations doused in nostalgia of their high school days. It is an all-round exciting time in Ghana and we do well to remember the exceptionally brilliant students from different schools from all over the country. Some of these students have their names preceding them and are tagged ‘the must watch’ students and still some are the unexpected geniuses who show up as magical saviors for their schools answering questions with the speed of lightning and the accuracy of aeronautics.
Remember Mbebo? The Santaclausian Magician who hopped onto the quiz stage at the last minute and pushed Adisadel to a glorious second place at the 2020 final contest closing the wide gap and impressing the entire country with his sharp wit and academic prowess? Mbebo is currently preparing for the next stage of his academic career, having performed with distinction in the WASSCE and scoring in the top 1% of all SAT test-takers in the world. His remarkable efforts have been awarded an admission offer to study at New York University Abu Dhabi with a full scholarship. He plans to study Computer Science and Computer Engineering with the sole aim of helping bridge the opportunity gap in technology in Ghana and Africa.
With a world-class education, Mbebo is looking to help build Africa’s first Tech hub, modeled after Silicon Valley, the United States’ Center for Innovative Technology Companies. “The obvious lack of tech hubs on the continent is deeply discouraging for technological innovation”, Mbebo explains. “With the absence of a community of highly motivated ‘techies’ committed to innovating for practical solutions, the growing number of tech enthusiasts in Ghana and Africa are bound to give up on their journey because they do not have a community rich with support, resources, and financial backing.” Mbebo is working hard and has already begun collaborating with a few of his friends to bring Africa’s first tech hub, “The Gold Valley” into existence.
The talismanic PRESEC trio, Nii Amu, Selassie, and Nathaniel made headways in the 2019 NSMQ competition when they demonstrated repeatedly what collaborating for excellence truly means. Today, all three are hard at work, carving out cogent plans for their future and for Ghana and looking for ingenious ways to collaborate to work towards the development of our continent.
Nii Amu is finding ways to bridge the gap between Biochemistry and Computer Science, has accepted a full scholarship admission to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. With an Ivy League education, he hopes to return to the continent to set up a startup committed to investing in youth capital development and providing more opportunities in the sciences and technology. Who knows? Nii Amu’s startup could be one of the many tech startups in Mbebo’s Gold Valley.
In his cozy dorm room at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, Nathaniel is engaging in research into the application of engineering and data science to human sensing and health. He is working on ways to develop and use mobile, wearable and digital solutions to understand, monitor, and affect biobehavioral factors that influence health in Africa.
In his hectic prep to begin his freshman year at the premier Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, Selassie is working on a lofty goal to assist in the industrialization of the Ghanaian Economy. “Ghana is long overdue for a transformation from an Agrarian Economy to an Industrialised one…”Selassie emphasised. “We have to amplify our efforts in creating more industrialised firms that will transform our numerous raw materials into finished goods that will command higher prices on the world market.”.
It is beyond refreshing to have such brilliant young minds committed to the development of Ghana and Africa. Clearly, the National Science and Maths Quiz is doing a remarkable job providing a platform for Ghana’s youngest and sharpest minds to kick start their journeys to excellence. These four continued on their journey at AFEX Hub at East Legon where they received SAT tuition and college application guidance and they are now on their way to make their dreams for Ghana and Africa beautiful realities. We look forward to more success stories like these and it is absolutely exciting for the future of our country and continent to be in the hands and brilliant minds of the likes of Mbebo and the PRESEC Talismanic trio!
Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana with enviable academic reputation
Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana with enviable academic reputation
Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana: The competition among senior high schools in Ghana is one of the fierce thugs in the country’s educational landscape.
Ghanaians are so much concerned about their high schools. The grading of high schools into categories by the Ghana Education Service set them apart based on the academic, and resource endowments. These categories are; Category A, B, C, and D with Category A schools being the top schools with more resources and the highest number of graduates landing in the top public universities in the country. Category D schools are those considered to be less privileged
It is every parent’s dream to see their wards have their high school education in one of the category A schools.
To provide clarity and motivation to other schools to work hard academically in order to become part of the top ranking senior high schools in the country, we have made a selection the top four senior high schools with an enviable academic reputation. These include:
1. Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC-Legon)
The six times winner of the National Science and Maths Quiz has a lengthy academic achievements which spans from the 90’s to date. PRESEC has produced notable personalities in the country such as Professor Ernest Aryeetey former Vice-Chancelor of University of Ghana, Professor Aaron Mike-Oquaye former speaker of Ghana’s parliament, Kwaku Sintim-Misa an actor and a political satirist, Lucy Quist first Ghanaian woman to become CEO of a multinational company, and many others.
2. Prempeh College
Prempeh College located in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region is undoubtedly one of the best high schools in the country. The three times winner of National Robotics Championship has been a major contestor to PRESEC-Legon in National Science and Maths Quiz. Graduates of Prempeh have been topping the Admission list of Kwame Nkrumaha University of Science and Technology (KNUST) especially in the sciences.
3. Mfantsipim School
Still enjoying their past glories, Mfantsipim School which is affectionately called ‘The School’ by its old boys has been two times champions of the National Science and Maths Quiz. The school has produced important personalities in the country including Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, Kwasi Twum of Multimed Group, Van Vicker, Hon. Joe Ghartey, and several other personsalities.
4. Bishop Herman College
Bishop Herman College a Catholic Mission school has been able to hold unto its past glories and continues to thrive in its academic achievements. Bishop Herman stands as the best performing school in the Volta Region according to WAEC rankings and their passion for science led them to win the maiden edition of the National Robotics Competition and two subsequent competitions. The school runs course in General Science, General Arts, Business, and Agriculture.
NAGRAT calls for up to 20% salary increment for workers
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is seeking an urgent increase in salaries by between 15 and 20 percent, for all government workers
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is seeking an urgent increase in salaries by between 15 and 20 percent, for all government workers, especially teachers.
In an interview with Citi News ahead of the May Day celebrations, the President of the association, Angel Carbonu, said the increased cost of living necessitated the call for salary increments.
“A 15 to 20 percent increment in income will not be bad looking at the situation that confronts us as workers,” he said.
“When it comes to food items, our wives and our sisters and our mothers will tell you that prices of these commodities have all shot up in the market,” Angel Carbonu added. “The banks that we work with [have written] to us as an organisation amending the interest rates that we have agreed with them.”
Also, ahead of the May Day celebration, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) reiterated concerns with the conditions of service of its members.
It highlighted the non-conclusion of negotiation on the conditions of service for the public universities, the 2021 minimum wage, and the failure of some directors to implement the reviewed conditions for GES staff.
Its grievances compelled it to go on strike in January.
TEWU said the strike was necessitated by the failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to conclude negotiation on their demand for better conditions of service.
The union in a statement said it was not “happy with the way some GES directors want to use rough tactics by holding on to the old conditions of service with the excuse that they do not have the hard copy of the review document though the soft copy is available.”
On the conditions of service used for workers in public universities, TEWU said “we hope to have a clear indication on the way forward when the national labour commission makes pronouncements on the issue”.
Upon further clarity, it expressed hope that “Government agencies concerned will respect the outcome to sustain industrial harmony in our tertiary institutions.”
Legon: National Service Personnel falls from 4th Floor of Sarbah Hall
The authorities of the University of Ghana have called for calm after a man believed to be a national service person, reportedly fell from the 4th floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall to the ground.
He is reportedly receiving medical care at the Legon Hospital.
He is said to have fallen from the fourth floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Annex A at dawn on Friday, April 23, 2021.
The Dean of Students, Prof Godfred Bokpin has called for calm and said investigations were underway to establish what really happened and that the facts would be put out.
“What has happened has happened, but the issue is being investigated, the police, the hall authorities, we are all involved trying to get to the bottom of it, but whilst we are at that, we will urge every student to be calm and keep to their core activities…, and they should not feed into the rumor making rounds but very soon an official communication will be issued by the university.”
The victim, whom some have identified as Wahab Abdulai, is said to have slipped and fallen from the balcony.
He is expected to be transferred from the Legon Hospital to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.
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