The Queen Elizabeth II Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology (KNUST) has emerged winner of this 2019 edition of TEK Smartest; a programme designed to find and reward the smartest students in the university.
The competition, an initiative of the National Union of Ghana Students-KNUST chapter and Revelio media is organized every year to test the academic potentials of the students in all six traditional halls on campus including the International Students Association in KNUST.
The competition also tests students’ ability to critically think and answer questions bordering on specific academic fields and general ones.
After a rigorous and exciting round of questions which threw the frenzied crowd of about 1000 students who had gathered at the Faculty of Law auditorium of KNUST into suspense, all six competing halls including the International Students Association were finally made to provide solution to a “Problem of the day”.
All the seven schools were tasked to propose solution to streetism and child begging phenomenon in Accra.
The solution required the students to employ a technological, revenue and employment approach in solving the problem.
At the end, Queens Hall emerged winners with 149.6 points with the University hall (Katanga) following as the first runner-up. The International Students Association were the second runner-up with 120 points.
Positions for the remaining halls is as follows;
4th position with 118 points – independence Hall
5th position with 108.3 points – Africa Hall
6th position with 98 points – Unity Hall (defending champion of Tek Smartest)
7th Position with 90.39 points – Republic Hall
For their reward, Queens Hall took away a trophy and cash prize of GHC1,500.
Speaking in an interview with Focus News, participants from Queens hall expressed their excitement for winning the competition.
According to them, it was a competition well fought and that they won the trophy as part of achievement as they mark 60th anniversary of the hall.
“We are very excited to be the winners for this year. Actually we knew we were going to be winners because we had prepared very well, we spent sleepless nights preparing for this. This is the first time we’re winning, we needed to win this to commemorate our 60th anniversary,” one of the participants spoke to focus news.