The GNPC Foundation STEM Quiz which began on Monday May 21, 2018, ended on Thursday July 5, 2018 at the Akroma Plaza in Takoradi.
Twelve (12) schools made it to the final out of One Hundred and Thirty Two (132) that participated in the competition at the preliminary stage. In the primary contest, Golden Star from Bogoso beat off stiff competition from Bibiani AGBL, Abura R/E, Fosukrom D/A, Navy Basic and Torya D/A to emerge as champions.
The dexterity and aptness in their responses to questions were in absolute delight to the many that gathered at the auditorium. Torya D/A from Dadieso also petrified all to place second. In the Junior High School category, Services Basic from Takoradi also put a stupendous performance, capitalize on home support to dismiss the bluff of Watico demonstration, GREL Basic, Essiama Methodist, Juaboso D/A and Enchico Demonstration. The battle between the top two was very cagy and uncompromising as Services Basic needed just a point to outclass Watico Demonstration.
Dr Kwame Baah Nuakoh, Executive Director for GNPC Foundation stressed that the ultimate aim of the STEM Quiz was to excite pupils and students within the Western Region to appreciate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects as essential tool for national development and to mould them for future growth in artificial intelligence. It also provided a platform as an assessment tool to measure the growth of knowledge, abilities and skills of pupils and students in STEM education at the basic level in the Western Region. He disclosed that about One Hundred and Ten (110) students who participated in competition will be selected to form GNPC Foundation Digital Academy and they will be trained periodically at the Accra Digital Centre.
On his part, the CEO of GNPC, Dr K. K. Sarpong who was the special guest of honour expressed satisfaction of the entire organization of the event and thanked all stakeholders for playing their respective roles to make the activity a success. However, he pointed out some level of challenges on the part of the students in appreciating Mathematics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) subject matter and he attributed this deficiency to the deprived areas they come from. He therefore charged the Foundation to establish some ICT Centers in some deprived areas beginning from Western Region. He made a personal donation of One Thousand Cedis (GHC 1,000) each to the two runners-up for losing gallantly in the competition.
There were other complimentary remarks from other dignitaries such as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for GNPC Foundation who doubles as the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II and the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Hon Gifty Kusi.
The winning schools took home Five Thousand Cedis (GHC 5,000) each, giant trophies, gold medals and other souvenirs whilst the second placed schools also pocketed Three Thousand Cedis (GHC 3,000) each, silver medals and souvenirs. In addition, one teacher from each of the winning schools had One Thousand Cedis (GHC 1,000) each.