In a recent interview, Tyrone Iras Marhguy, the exceptionally intelligent former student of Achimota School, addressed and clarified the rumors surrounding his absence from the 2023 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) team.
Contrary to speculation that his initial denial of admission due to his refusal to cut his dreadlocks played a role, Marhguy explained that his exclusion was primarily due to his lack of proficiency in biology, a key requirement for the competition.
Marhguy emphasized that although he secured a spot in the initial fifteen contestants based on his outstanding performance in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, his deficiency in biology prompted the school to make a strategic decision to drop him from the final team.
In an interview with the media, Marhguy stated, “I got into the first fifteen and was in the team. But moving forward, it was still Biology. Regardless, it was as if he couldn’t afford to not have biology because it would put everything on the other contestant [the only person who studied Biology]. And if that’s the case, we are going to have a problem with the Problem of the Day [a round in the quiz competition]. If it is a biology question, it is a catastrophe because I can’t do anything. I can just watch him. Alright, I was learning the Biology and all that but they [those who were eventually selected] had been doing it for about three years.”
Marhguy also expressed gratitude for the role Achimota School played in his academic success, acknowledging the institution’s support in his achievements at the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and the Science and Maths Olympiads.