13 Sep 2016 13:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 13 SEP (NAMPA) - Three schools have thus far progressed to the final of the Namport Biggest Brainer Science Quiz taking place in Windhoek next week.
Namib High School (HS) in the Erongo Region, Ponhofi Secondary School (SS) in Ohangwena as well as Ekulo Secondary School in Oshikoto Region emerged victorious when they took part in the science quiz here on Monday.
In the first round, Namib HS beat Kuisebmond HS, also from the Erongo Region, in a three-round challenge, followed by Ponhofi SS that defeated Ongha SS by a mere five points.
Ekulo SS also qualified for the final after beating Oshigambo HS from the Oshikoto Region during a very intense competition.
The National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST)s Manager of Human Resources and Institutional Development, Science and Technology Promotion Angelique Philander said during the event the national science quiz is one of the initiatives of the NCRST aimed at motivating, inspiring, encouraging and rewarding learners in their quest for knowledge and providing them with the opportunity to showcase their scientific knowledge.
Two schools from 13 regions will compete against each other at regional level, which is the third stage of the competition, after which the winning school in each region will move on to represent the region at national level next week.
The national quiz commenced in June.
Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) Customer Care Manager Elisa Hasheela noted that the company offered to sponsor the competition in order to create a platform for learners all over the country to showcase their knowledge and talent and also help them learn from each other.
The quiz is taking place during the five-day annual National Science, Technology and Innovation Festival of the NCRST underway here.
The festival is aimed at providing comprehensive, multi-faceted, interactive programmes that are made up of national and international keynote addresses, illustrated talks and workshops, among others, to captivate and inspire young scientists and their educators.