Explainer: NSMQ a case for Akufo-Addo's Free SHS

Explainer: NSMQ a case for Akufo-Addo's Free SHS

- The investments by President Nana Addo in education has proven to be a very good policy if the just ended National Science and Maths Quiz is anything to go by

- The Free SHS is an NPP programme aimed at spreading equal opportunities to the Ghanaian children

- According to the NPP, it is sowing a seed in Ghana's educational system, which will transform the country's economy in future

The National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) has increasingly gained relevance in the last couple of years.

The quiz competition has grown to become the most watched on Ghanaian screens and it can only get better.

Key to this has been the involvement of sponsors and the keen interest shown by alumni of the contesting schools.

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This year, St. Augustine’s College emerged winners after beating St. Peter's SHS and Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School in the final.

But all the buzz surrounding the NSMQ goes to redeem President Akufo-Addo and his Free Senior High School policy.

The Free SHS programme was rolled out in September 2017, allowing students to enroll into public secondary schools without paying fees.

Although a lack of funds has made the programme a bit shaky, there is no doubt that it has helped increase enrollment.

What this means is that, more JHS graduates now stand a better chance of progressing to secondary school, no matter the financial background of their parents or guardians.

The concept of the NSMQ is to give all secondary schools an opportunity to showcase themselves on the national level.

That is why a school like Tepa SHS could come out of nowhere and make it to the final, even finishing ahead of the more prestigious Wesley Girls’ SHS.

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This idea perfectly ties into what the Free SHS policy seeks to attain – which is to provide equal educational opportunities for all students across the country.

It is, therefore, fair to say that the NSMQ makes a case for Akufo-Addo ‘s Free SHS policy and more brilliant students will continue to be churned out as long as the programme is sustained.

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