For the fifth time running, NSMQ final will be without a Western Region School

Ghana Secondary Technical School’s exit from the 2019 National Science and Maths Quiz on Monday, July 8, in the semifinals meant the grand-finale will be without a School based in the Western Region for the fifth time running.

For the records, Ghana Secondary Technical School has been the region’s best performing school in the competition with three appearances in the final and were crowned national champions in 2012.

And since GSTS’s impeccable show in 2014, which saw them go all the way to the final, no other school from the region have made it thus far. Nicknamed the Giants, GSTS compared to other schools in the region stand miles ahead.

Despite a below standard performance earlier in the competition from Daboase SHTS, Fiaseman, Ahantaman and Sekondi College other schools, St John’s School, Takoradi Senior High School and GSTS sold a good show.

Archbishop Porter Girl’s SHS were the only seeded school from the region and were eliminated in the first competition in the round 1/8.

For the very first time in so many years, three schools; Takoradi Senior High School, Saint John’s School and Ghana Secondary Technical School made it to the quarter finals stage with only GSTS progressing to the semifinals which inspired some hope going forward.

The Giants were also knocked disgracefully by St. Augustine’s College in the semifinals after they recorded the least points in the contest; 15pts. The results meant no school from the Western Region will be at the 2019 final for the fifth time running.

It’s rather unfortunate that the regional had to wait for yet another year to try again for a final berth.

Since the introduction of National Science and Maths Quiz in 1994, schools from Greater Accra Region have combined a record of 8 tittles followed by schools from the Ashanti Region with 6 tittles; Eastern Region Schools have also won it 4 times in the process with Central Region Schools combining two titles and Western Region having only one.

The 2019 final is slated for 10th July with Presec, Legon, St. Peter’s SHS, and St. Augustine’s College as the competing schools.

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