St Kizito R/C Basic School at Nima in Accra emerged winners of the 2018 Ayawaso Basic School Quiz Competition
They beat three other schools—De Youngsters International School, Ring Road Estate JHS and Golden Mission School—to win the second edition of the competition meant to promote academic rivalry in basic schools in Zongo communities within the Accra metropolis.
The Nima-based school took an early lead from round one and ended the contest with 85 points with their closest contenders, De Youngsters International School, scoring 77.5 points.
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Whilst Golden Mission School of Nima picked 74 points to place third, their counterparts from Kanda, Ring Road East Junior High School, had 52 points to finish fourth.
Organised by the Zongo Inspiration Team (ZIT), a non-governmental organisation, the competition is also to whip up healthy academic rivalry among basic schools in the Ayawaso Municipality at a time they were taking low positions on the BECE league table in the Accra Metropolis.
The competition is also meant to help prepare the participating schools for the 2019 Basic Educational Certificate Examination.
Sixteen schools participated in the competition which started on November 5, 2018.
Commenting on the outcome of this year’s competition, the President of ZIT, Mr Rabiu Maude, said this year had been a huge improvement.
“We made it more competitive. The thinking capacity of the kids
He said the competition promoted
“It gave an interesting observation with regard to public schools and private schools. We realised that good public schools with quality teachers and discipline as has been shown by St Kizito and Ring Road East will always go far, he stated.
Strengths and weaknesses
Mr Maude said the organisation would present a report on the performance of the students with respect to their strengths and weaknesses.
“This would inform the schools on what the strengths and weakness of the students as they prepare them for the BECE next year.
“We want to change the status quo. We want students from Zongo communities to be in the best schools in the country. Their background shouldn’t determine which Senior High School they pursue further education, he added.
The students were tested in English, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Information and Communication Technology and Spelling.