The National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) popularly referred to as “Brilla” is Ghana’s most loved high school quiz for senior high schools that test student’s knowledge on science and mathematics yearly.
The NSMQ 2021 will commence with regional qualifiers from Monday, May 3, 2021 to Thursday, June 3, 2021 with over 600 schools competing in fixtures in venues that will be announced by the organizers of the quiz.
In the NSMQ 2021, 108 schools will guarantee their spots for the Preliminary Stage as disclosed by Primetime Limited; the organizers of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ).
This means that only 108 schools will secure a slot in the preliminary stage from the regional qualifiers. This is normal because annually only 108 schools compete in the preliminary stage.
In a Facebook post by NSMQ Ghana, the organizers of the quiz made it clear as sighted by unitedshowbiz.com.gh which reads;
”With over 600 schools competing in the #NSMQRegionals, only 108 will guarantee their spots for the Preliminary Stage. Find out which schools will win and qualify via live updates on all our social media pages from 3rd May to 3rd June 2021”.
The Preliminary Stage of the NSMQ falls on the second list of the five main stages of the competition. Below is a breakdown of the number of schools that contest at the various stages:
Preliminary – 108 schools
One-Eight Stage – 81 schools
Quarter Finals – 27 schools
Semi-finals – 9 Schools
Grand finale – 3 schools
What is a Seed School in the NSMQ Competition?
A seeded school is a school, that has qualified from the one-eight stage into the quarterfinals of the competition. Once you become a winner in the One-eight stage of the NSMQ, you are conferred the name a seeded school for the next year.
This implies that you will skip two major h*t competitions in the next year’s NSMQ that is the the regional and preliminary stages.
However, all seeded schools must battle it out to maintain that enviable slot in the one-eight stage each year. And once a seeded school loses the one-eight stage it goes back to start at fresh from the regionals.