By Tivere Ogbakpah
ABOUT 3000 students from public and private senior secondary schools in Lagos converged at the various examination centres to compete for the PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC) prize sponsored by Nunu Milk and Premier Cool.
PZCCC, an initiative of the PZ Cussons Nigeria Foundation is in its 4th year.
The first stage of the competition had in attendance officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education and Lagos State District of Education. The event took place across five centres in Lagos state – Government Senior College, Agege; Government Senior College, Ikorodu; Epetedo Senior High School, Ebute Elefun; New Era Girls Secondary School Surulere; and Awori Ajeromi Senior Grammar School, Agboju.
The competition, which is designed to bring out the best in both the students and their teachers, is in four stages. Hundred participants with the best results will move to stage two to compete in another round of MCQ test.
The top 24 participants will go on to stage three to compete in the practical test stage. From this level, the best six will qualify for the Final stage.
The final stage will be conducted live on stage through a QUIZ format. The finalist with the highest overall score becomes the overall PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge Champion for 2016/2017
The prizes for winners are as follows: First prize – trophy & gold medal, N700,000, laptop, N100,000 for the teacher and N100,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school. Second place prize – N450,000, laptop, N80,000 for the teacher and N80,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school.
The third place prize, N350, 000 laptop, N70,000 for the teacher andN70,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school. While the fourth place will go home with N250,000, laptop, N60,000 for the teacher and N60,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school.