Ondo Bags WAEC Award for Best State Schools in May/June WASSCE…

January 28, 2016 10:33 am0 commentsViews: 1218
mimiko-ondoThe huge investment in education by the administration of the Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has began to yield divi­dends as three secondary schools in the state were honoured for their students outstanding performance recently.

The three Ondo state schools were reward­ed by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for being the best in the fountain of knowledge state at an award ceremony held in Akure recently. Governor Mimiko was rep­resented by his deputy said the three schools made the state proud by their feat.

The schools honoured for their students’ outstanding performance in the May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) were Greater To­morrow College, Arigidi, Akoko, Adeyinka Comprehensive College, Omifon-Odigbo and Parker International High School, Akure.

At the 53rd Annual meeting of the Nigeria National Committee (NNC) of WAEC which attracted Ondo state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Oluboyo, Commissioner for Education, Mr. Olajide Adejuyigbe, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Anne Okonkwo, WAEC Registrar, Dr. Uyi Director Uwadiae, Head of National Of­fice, Mr. Charles Eguridu and council mem­ber, Alhaji Usman Uba Ahmed, ANCOPSS President, Hajia Binta Abduiraharam, the three schools were presented with WAEC en­dowment fund prize books as a reward.

The citation of the first best school in the state, Greater Tomorrow College (GTIC), Arigidi, Akoko, said it believe that education is a scientific programme for the development and shaping of individuals and for the school, it is meant to help prepare children for life in the society.

‘’GTIC came into existence through the yearning of parents and friends of the school who have in one way or the other been touched by the wonderful academic work ear­lier displayed by the proprietor of the school in the nursery and primary cadres, it stated.’’

The award for second best school in Ondo went to Adeyinka Comprehensive College, Omifon-Odigbo, established in 2005 (junior section) and is equipped with human and ma­terial resources as well structured classrooms and buildings to enhance learning.

The third best school in the state, Parker International High School, Akure, was es­tablished to actualize the proprietor’s dream of conquering deficiencies associated with several-circled education and aims to be one of the best schools in the World.

Ondo state deputy governor, Alhaji Ol­uboyo who represented Governor Olusegun Mimiko at the award ceremony, said as a demonstration of the state’s avowed commit­ment to nation building through the apparatus of educational development, it has welcome with passion any educational programme that the state is privileged to host.

His words: “Our passion is always borne out of the convictions that, no nation can ever rise above the quality of her education. This is because education is the vital organ and the very pivot around which all national life resolves.

“We have always demonstrated our un­compromised resolve to support any invest­ment or initiatives that are instrumental to safeguarding our educational legacies in the state.’’

Mimiko said his administration aside from operating a tuition-free policy, the govern­ment has taken the responsibility of paying the registration fee for the WASSCE for pub­lic schools candidates.

He commended WAEC for its unrelenting efforts in conducting standard examinations and producing credible results over the years and stressed that the state has zero-tolerance for any form of examination fraud noting “we have over the years adopted several measures to stamp out the menace from the state.’’

The governor congratulated the three best schools in the state that were honoured by the council for their candidates performance in the May/June 2014 WASSCE and appreci­ated WAEC for it investment in the future of the children.

Chairman of NNC, Mrs. Anne Okonkwo stated that the WAEC awards are aimed at en­couraging the youth to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits noting ‘’it is my hope that some of the youth who are here today to witness this ceremony, will be challenged by these awards to work harder in order to win similar laurels in future.’’

Okonkwo who is also the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Educa­tion, said a formal presentation of prize books would be made to the three best schools in the May/June 2014 WASSCE from Ondo state stressing ‘’this is in accordance with the deci­sion of the Nigeria sub-board of the WAEC endowment fund board of trustees at its 4th meeting held in November, 2012.’’

The Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Charles Eguridu appreciated the support and understanding which the government of Ondo state have continued to give to the council in its efforts to improve service deliv­ery to numerous stakeholders in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

‘’The management of the Nigerian office of the council will continue to appreciate the tremendous contributions and cooperation it has received from the government of Ondo state in order to ensure the success of this meeting. On our own part, efforts have been made, within available resources, to ensure that members of the committee are comfort­able during their stay in Akure, he stated.’’

A non council representing Nigeria on the board of trustee of the fund, Dr. U. B. Ahmed, said the WAEC Endowment Fund was estab­lished by the council at its 30th Annual Meet­ing in March 1982 to promote educational development projects of an international na­ture and to provide awards for outstanding performance by candidates in the council’s examinations, among other objectives.

The state education commissioner, Mr. Adejuyigbe and the NNC chairman, Mrs. Okonkwo, presented the three best schools in the state with books for their students’ perfor­mance to the Principals.

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