By Adedayo Adejobi
Over 7,000 students from about 2,000 senior secondary schools across 19 states of the federation sat for the qualifying exams for the SPAK National Science Competition which was held in Lagos.
SPAK National Science Competition is a new science-based television quiz show and the most contemporary of its kind in Nigeria. It is a unique initiative aimed at igniting interest and promoting the study of science in secondary schools in Nigeria, and registration is open to students currently in the second year of their Senior Secondary School (SSS2), students aged 14 to 17.
The Competition kicked off with a written examination on Saturday, the April 1, 2017. Of the 7,000 students that participated in that examination, only 81 students will be eligible to proceed to the second round. The names of the successful 81 students will be released on May 1, 2017.
According to Mr Oladapo Ojo, the creator of the show, the science competition was geared towards promoting sound education for science students in Nigerian secondary schools.
He said: “The SPAK National Science competition was designed to use the audio visual medium to remove the myths surrounding science and technology and also rekindle interest in this area of science education which is perceived as difficult to study. He added that the unique learning programme had gotten the support of the National Examination Council (NECO).
Mr. Ojo further stated that elements of entertainment will be infused into the SPAK National Science Competition TV Show to drive more viewership. Other sets of viewers who will find the show more interesting are parents, teachers as well as other key stakeholders in Nigeria’s science and technology learning environment.
To participate in the science competition, interested schools were expected to register six of their most proficient students in the sciences, irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, for the first round of the competition. The advertised website is www.spak.ng.
SPAK National Science Competition is expected to hit Nigerian TV screens during the third quarter of 2017.