Accra, October 30, 2023 – The 2023 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) concluded in an exhilarating fashion as Presby Boys’ Secondary School, popularly known as PRESEC-Legon, secured victory, claiming the highly coveted NSMQ title.
The competition, marked by an intense display of wit and knowledge, took place on Monday, October 30, 2023, featuring some of the nation’s most promising young talents.
Leading up to the gripping finale, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) conveyed their best wishes to Stephen Apemah-Baah, a first-year student from Opoku Ware School (OWASS). Stephen Apemah-Baah achieved a remarkable feat, becoming the first form-one student to guide OWASS to the NSMQ finals. This came on the heels of his victory in the 2022 Junior Science and Maths Quiz (JSMQ), organized by KNUST’s College of Science.
KNUST celebrated this young prodigy’s accomplishment and acknowledged its significance. “After winning the 2022 edition of the Junior Science and Maths Quiz organized by the College of Science at KNUST, Stephen Apemah-Baah (formerly of Good Shepherd R/C JHS) has made history by leading Opoku Ware School to the finals of the National Science and Maths Quiz today,” declared KNUST in a post.
Nevertheless, Presby Boys’ Secondary School, Presec won the competition with 40 points at the end of the contest leading Achimota High School and Opoku Ware Senior High School, which had 28 and 23 points respectively.
In a noteworthy development, the NSMQ’s producer, Primetime Limited, introduced an exciting twist to the competition by incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI). Dubbed “Brilla AI,” this AI system engaged in a riddles round with contestants from three prestigious schools—PRESEC-Legon, Achimota School, and Opoku Ware School.
Brilla AI, developed by Kwame AI, comprises four distinct machine-learning systems encompassing natural language processing, speech processing, and generative AI. Its mission was to provide rapid and accurate answers to questions posed by quiz moderators, all delivered in a Ghanaian accent.
Dr. George Jojo Boateng, the head of the project, expressed his optimism regarding Brilla AI’s potential in the National Science and Maths Quiz. He aspired for the AI to not only participate but also outperform the best contestants in all rounds and stages of the competition.
The 2023 NSMQ showcased the brilliance of Ghana’s young minds in a thrilling spectacle. In the end, PRESEC-Legon emerged as the champions, underscoring the growing role of technology in educational contests like the NSMQ. Innovations such as Brilla AI are undeniably reshaping the landscape of intellectual competitions.