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The Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC, Legon) have secured the final slot at the grand finale of the 2023 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) competition.

They join Achimota School and Opoku Ware Senior High School to face off in the grand finale.

PRESEC, the most successful school in the competition with seven trophies are making their fifth straight grand finale appearance after defeating Mfantsipim School and Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO) who came strong after a sterling performance in the 2021 grand finale –their maiden appearance at the top.

The only school which appears to be the nemesis of PRESEC, Prempeh College, having defeated them in two of their three meetings at the grand finale, were eliminated earlier by OWASS in the second semi-final held earlier today, Thursday, October 19, 2023.

At the end of the fierce contest, Mfantsipim School secured 40 points with KETASCO’s 39 points both falling behind PRESEC’s 44.

Before the final round of four riddles, PRESEC were leading with 41 points, followed by KETASCO’s 36 with Mfantsipim School having 34 points.

Mfantsipim School answered the first two riddles correctly after the third clues, adding six points to bring their tally to 40.

PRESEC cemented themselves for at least a tie-break except if BOTWE had answered the final riddle on the first clue, when they also got the third riddle right after the third clue to bring them to 44 points.

With an attempt on the final riddle beyond the second clue being useless for Mfantsipim School, they gambled their chance on the second clue which could have given them four points to set them at par with PRESEC for a tie-breaker. But unfortunately for them, the right answer which KETASCO provided as “the Sun” was given by Mfantsipim as “the Star”, denying them the opportunity to stay in the competition.

PRESEC, with their 44 points, won the AT Highest Score at the semi-final stage.

Achimota School, OWASS and PRESEC will compete for the ultimate at the National Theatre in Accra.

Since its inception in 1993/94, only 11 schools have managed to clinch the NSMQ trophy, making it one of the most prestigious and difficult titles to claim in Ghana.

All three schools competing at the final are previous winners of the tournament.

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