Director of Ghana Think foundation, Ato Ulzen Appiah, who is also an old student of Presbyterian Boys senior high school (PRESEC) has revealed how support from the school’s alumni was a key factor in PRESEC’s NSMQ win.
This comes after PRESEC claimed their 8th trophy in the National Science and Maths quiz (NSMQ) which came to a climax on the 30th of October 2023 at the National Theatre.
PRESEC contested against fellow finalists, Achimota School and Opoku Ware School to cling a win that resulted in joy and ecstasy among students, faculty and old students.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, he commended the efforts made by old students of the school to support the candidates during the various stages of the competition.
“Consistently, we were in the semi finals but the competition became more grande, other schools started taking it more seriously and other schools also have great students. So for a period of time PRESEC was not doing very well. Over the last 6 to 7 years, the difference has been how we are supporting the team from financial and incentive standpoint. The old students especially have been trying to motivate the contestants a lot more and I think that is really helping.”
He also stated that mental orientation given to the students was also a motivating factor for the success.
“I saw some cases in the past whereby I felt like our contestants were not very strong mentally. So in recent years we have tried to get psychologist to talk to them. It’s important because you need psychologist to talk to contestants.”
“Sometimes, expecially if you are really smart and you get the question wrong it can do something to your confidence and it can make you nervous. So you need to be able to continue to be mentally strong and I think that is something we worked on.”
He further advised other organisers of various competitions to put more effort in popularising their activities by involving old students of the various senior high schools.
“Other competitions that are also useful for students can take a cue and also try to popularise and especially get old students involved. For instance for a student competition like NSMQ, naturally old students who have done science would want to support the current students. I think these competitions are to get more involvement in the school.”
Story by : Awo Asantewaa Wiafe-Akenten | univers.ug.edu.gh