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Interswitchspak National Science Competition is an annual search across high schools (public and private) in Nigeria for only SS 2 (year 11) students between the ages of 14-17 years. It is introduced to chart the ideal career path and drive the student towards full optimization of their potentials and fulfilment of their dreams (either as an inventor or entrepreneur) with a key message of revving up the interest of students; parents, teachers and other key stakeholders towards STEM education and its application in Africa.
Registration has commenced for the second edition of the InterswitchSPAK National Science competition. The second season of the competition, tagged ‘InterswitchSPAK 2.0’ is a CSR initiative of the Interswitch Group.
Reviving STEM education in Africa
Over the years, research has revealed that the quality of STEM education; like other core areas in Africa has steadily and gradually declined. This is as a result of various challenges such as poverty; inadequate funding; lack of interest from students; unqualified teachers;inadequate learning aids, incessant strikes/ industrial actions, just to mention a few.
In promoting the various opportunities for sound education/background for the African student especially as it relates to STEM, InterswitchSPAK Switch-a-Future Initiative is being introduced predominantly for high school students to chart the ideal career path and drive them towards full optimization of their potentials / fulfillment of their dreams (either as an inventor or entrepreneur) thereby making Africa a better place to live in!
InterswitchSPAK switch-a-future Initiative is a unique concept developed to identify, promote and ignite the right support and reward for STEM students in Africa.
InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition Eligibility.
- This competition is open to students in SSS2 (year 11) between 14 – 17 years; attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria.
- Each School is required to present their BEST six (6) students in Science (SS2 students), irrespective of religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chances of qualifying for the second round of the competition.
- Mixed-schools are required to have at least two female students-amongst the six(6) that would represent them.
- There are two main levels of the competition.
FIRST ROUND: WRITTEN QUALIFYING EXAMINATION
In this stage, all the online registered students’ (i.e. the best SIX (6) from each registered school) will write a National qualifying examination conducted by NECO at designated centers across Nigeria including FCT, Abuja.
Each school is to prepare their representatives for the qualifying exams in four subjects- Mathematics, Physics; Chemistry & Biology based on the current year 11 WAEC/NECO syllabuses.
The National Qualifying Exams.
- 100 Objective questions in 75 minutes; 25 each from the 4 Subjects.
SECOND ROUND: TV QUIZ COMPETITION
The best 81 students (with the highest scores) out of those who wrote the qualifying examination will be invited to participate at this stage of the competition. This will be recorded and transmitted on Television across Nigeria and Africa.
The overall best three students per State will be recognised.
RULES AND REGULATIONS:
The InterswitchSPAK National exam will hold on Saturday April 13th, 2019 across Nigeria, please check the list of centers on www.interswitchspak.com.
Students must come to their designated examination centres by 10am for accreditation with their Registration slip duly signed and stamped by their school principal.
Latecomers will not be allowed to write the examination.
Students are to come along with only HB pencil, eraser, ruler and statistical table, NO CALCULATORS WILL BE ALLOWED.
Students must conduct themselves in an orderly manner
Any act of misconduct will lead to disqualification of the student.
All students MUST come to the exam venue in their School Uniform.
Please refer to examination centre list to check for the centre nearest to you.
The competition is open to SS2 (year 11) students ONLY.
Each school is to prepare their representatives for the qualifying exams in Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics based on the current SS2 WAEC/NECO syllabuses.
The decision of the organizers/ NECO is final and we shall not enter into any correspondence with anyone regarding the conduct of this examination.
Students are advised to check their results via the online platform that will be made available to them from May 13th 2019.
We strongly recommend that students sit for the examination at centres nearest to them·
Only qualified students will be contacted for the second stage (TV quiz) of the competition.
- The InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition is to discover Nigeria’s best science student.