The handbag of the Quiz Mistress for the 2017 National Maths and Science Quiz went missing after the event.

Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann’s handbag was declared missing after students from the Prempeh College, winners of the 2017 edition, stormed the stage with their heads to receive the coveted trophy.

The black silk handbag with a red zip, Dr Kaufmann exclusively told’s Kwaku Nti and Dennis Adu, contained her valuables including her phone, ID Cards from the University of Ghana where she is a senior lecturer, her car keys and home keys as well.

Dr Kaufmann said she realized her handbag had been stolen after she had helped staff and students of Prempeh College to lift the trophy, which a hundred and fifty (150) school contested.

The lack of CCTV cameras at the National Theatre made it impossible to discover the persons who stole the handbag which contained several of her belongings.

Her phone which was in the handbag has been switched off by the persons who did away with the bag.



  1. She needs a couple attendants or personal assistants while hosting the event. An attendant would have secured the bag while the lady (hostess) was caught in the frenzy after the event. The organizers of the contest MUST get her some personal attendant(s) next time.

  2. This is very shameful, these cases of theft in various senior highs are taking root even outside its walls? I challenge the Ghana Police Service, and the Bureau of National investigation to take this matter up, National Union Of Ghana Students, must get involved, We must relinquish this act outrightly…..

  3. The students that attend these events are rowdy, indisciplined and downright not sensible. When you attend the event at the UGBS, there is no decorum in even entering the auditorium. Why should you go onto the stage to celebrate like that? This is why ghana doesn’t go on. People cultivate indecent behaviours from the high schools and continue with it to the workplace and then people are “proud” of these so called big schools where boys are tolerated to be rowdy and uncouth.

  4. Scientific and mathematical way of causing a solid object as a hand bag to evaporate. Passing both the theory and practical. I pray people’s hearts and other organs do not get missing wen they grow up to become doctors working in another theatre.

  5. This is sad. From my point of view many other thefts may have happened but this would be the only reported one. Thieves usually patronize such events and any one who has studied criminology would know that in organizing such an event,this would be a predictable incident. They would wait in the crowd as the event is open to the Public, and when else would be a better time to strike than the joyous moment when all attention will be on the crowded stage. I recommend security measures in future

  6. It’s rather unfortunate that Prempeh students are being accused. There’s the possibility that a miscreant took advantage of the euphoria to perpetrate that act. People are smarter than we can think of. Let’s pray for a good news that someone was keeping it for her

  7. This thing happens a lot at the national theatre….whenever there is an event sth gets stolen on or backstage….the workers at the theatre are to blame….bt adomfm ur reportage is mischievous….to say that after the students mounted the stage….it cld hv been b4

  8. No guys stop subjecting this to the right people. Like some of you are saying, the trophy is now for the school. They have strive for it. U can say since it’s missing we should disavow them their trophy but I think the blame should go to the organizers who didn’t really notice there could be bad nots among the prudent ones n leaving them to troop on stage . Ooh but sorry to the mistress.

  9. Very sorry in deed. How could this happen? This is why I do advocate always that we are missing the way educationally by only focussing on course work, neglecting moral sensitization of our youth and students. The Ministry of Education will never urge GES to sell moral books to students other than course books just because of politics. In fact, our students are dying of indiscipline. We must all wake up.

  10. The tragedy: We’re preparing the future for our children, but we’re not preparing the children for the future. What a half baked generation. May the handbag be like the ark of God in the camp of the philistines. Very unfortunate! Maranatha, Lord Jesus come!

  11. Ghana is very popular for Christianity and other religions that advocate morality. Religion is taught in classrooms, yet we are plagued with corrupt and obscene ways. Is there a time coming that can bring change? It is just so disheartening to hear this; students do not fear God or teachers. They go to the extent of stealing a hand bag? The whole world hears and sees our dirty corrupt ways. Ghana! Repent. Evil lames a country; Evil kills progress; Evil is a virus to success. Prempeh students, if you did this, then you have really caused much harm and you have put the reputation of your school in harms way. Return it. It is a curse. It is not a blessing. God will speak.