A total of 11,412 students across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory sat for the qualifying exams of a contest organised by Interswitch.
Tagged, ‘’InterswitchSPAK National STEM competition,’’ the registration for the contest opened in February and ran till April ending.
According to a statement by Interswitch, SPAK means speed, precision, accuracy and knowledge, while STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Figures released by the organisers showed that 47 per cent (5,382) of registered students came from the South-West region.
The South-South region had 1,764 registered students, while the North Central region had 1,548 registered students; the South-East had 1,362 registered students while the North-West and North-East recorded less than 1,000 registered students.
Lagos State topped the list with 2,280 registered students while states like Jigawa and Borno had 12 and 24 students respectively.
The statement read in part, “It is also interesting to note that registration was equally split between male and female, indicating the strong passion that both sexes have for STEM subjects.
“Students who took the exams were tested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-related subjects and the best 81 students across the country will be selected to partake in the TV quiz competition where three students will eventually emerge as winners from the competition.”
It added, “These students will be offered scholarships covering their university education, monthly stipend, alongside laptops and achievement trophies. Recognition will also be extended to the teachers and schools being represented by the winning students as necessary equipment will be donated by Interswitch to further improve the quality of STEM education in the schools.”
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