National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ 2020): The stage is set!

With the NSMQ duly launched on Tuesday 1st September 2020, the battle for the bragging rights as #NSMQ2020 champions has begun.

The 2020 edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ) and Science Festival; the longest-running independent production on Ghanaian television, was officially launched on Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 at the GNAT Hall in Accra. The launch, which was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, also provided a platform to conduct a special balloting exercise for the Preliminary Stage based on regions/zones for the first time in the Quiz’s history.

The competition, which normally runs between June and July each year, was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Upon consultation with stakeholders, Primetime Limited, producers of the NSMQ, had to re-strategise and reorganise to provide a safe environment for all participants, with support from the Ghana Health Service, Noguchi Memorial Institute, University of Ghana Medical Centre and the Ghana Education Service.A cross-section of guests at the Launch

To ensure that competitions are held in a safe manner in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, the Preliminary Stage, which is ordinarily held in Accra, will now be held in the regions and zones before schools converge in Accra for the One-eighth Stage; the next level of the Quiz. Furthermore, there will be no live audience at this year’s competition.

During the official launch, the Managing Director of Primetime, Mrs. Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, announced that to make up for the lack of live audience at the production venues, all the 80 contests would be streamed live on NSMQ social media platforms with selected contests being broadcasted by NSMQ media partner, Joy News of the Multimedia Group.

“All contests would be streamed live across all our social media platforms. Yes, we are bringing the full complement of this year’s Quiz directly into your homes, from the Prelims, right up to the Grand Finale.”

– Mrs. Ankomah Asare.

Mrs. Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare speaking at the event.

This year’s competition promises to be exciting as the stakes are higher with the introduction and continuation of prizes such as The Money Zone, sponsored by Absa Bank Ghana, and the Riddles Bonanza sponsored by Goil. From the Quarterfinal stage to the Grand Finale, scores accrued will be converted to cash.

This year’s competition promises to be exciting, with the introduction of prizes such as the Goil Riddle Bonanza sponsored by Goil, to reward contestants in the round four of the Quiz, and the AirtelTigo Highest Scorer of the Day, which seeks to reward highest scorers of each competition day.Nana Essilfuah Boison, Head of Marketing, Absa Bank Ghana

The Money Zone, sponsored by Absa Bank Ghana Limited, will also be available this year, with an increase in prize value. The final scores of the schools would be multiplied by GH¢10.00 GH¢15.00 and GH¢25,00 as prize money from the Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final stages respectively, and the NSMQ Star, sponsored by Prudential Life Insurance,  will also continue this year, to reward schools that make a perfect score of 10 in the Problem of the Day, from the Preliminary to the Final stages of the competition.

A total of 135 schools will be competing for the bragging rights, and here is a breakdown of how this year’s competition will pan out:

The 135 schools comprise 108 Regional Qualifiers who will compete at the Preliminary Stage in the various regions and zones and 27 seeded schools, quarterfinalists from NSMQ 2019, who will join the competition at the One-eight Stage of the competition.Mrs. Catherine Appiah-Pinkrah, Director of Pre-Tertiary Education, GES balloting for the Preliminary Stage Contests in Greater Accra

Out of the 108 schools who will compete at the Preliminary Stage, 54 of them – 40 winners and 14 top runners-up – will proceed to the One-eighth Stage, where they will battle it out with the 27 seeded schools from NSMQ 2019.

The stage has been set and the first Preliminary Stage contests will begin in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Which schools will your alma mater be competing with? The battle for the bragging rights as NSMQ champions has begun! Check out the full list for the 2020 Preliminary Stage fixtures.

The National Science & Maths and Quiz and Science Festival is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service in partnership with Absa Bank Ghana Limited and supported by Joy News, Prudential Life Insurance, Goil, Airtel Tigo, Dano Milk, Academic City, Accra College of Medicine, Academic City, Central University, GTP, Adansi Travels, Medifem Multi-specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre, Third Eyecare Vision Centre and YFM. The NSMQ is proudly produced by Primetime. 

How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

  • Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
  • Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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