The Lagos State Government has rewarded 45 outstanding students that emerged winners at the various State Competitions organised to test students’ intellects in core subjects, topical issues and critical thinking.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Ministry of Education, Secretariat, Alausa, on Monday, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo stated that the students were rewarded for having emerged winners in three major State Competitions, namely: Y2021 Lagos State Schools Debate; Lagos State Essay Writing Competition and the just concluded Lagos State Governor’s Quiz Competition.
Adefisayo noted that the brilliant students are a testament to the improved education system in the State, adding that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s enormous investment in the education sector is no doubt yielding positive results.
According to her, the State Governor has continued to approve various initiatives geared towards improving the educational system, stressing that some of the initiatives are causative factors for improvement in teaching and learning in schools.
“We set goals and we are executing these goals to empower the teachers and students. For the past two years we have been integrating technology in teaching and learning, providing various infrastructure projects across the schools”, she said.
The Commissioner advised the students to be committed to their academics as they are the hope of the State and Nation at large, emphasising that they have to remain competitive and on top of their educational careers.
She also commended parents and teachers for their constant guide, support and role in monitoring these students, adding that the State Government will not relent in its efforts towards providing quality education in schools.
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, expressed his delight with the homogeneity and uniformity system introduced in all schools, praising the Lagos State Governor for not leaving any child behind regardless of status and environment.
“Our education in Lagos State is holistic, we are not only concentrating on the cognitive domain but improving on co-curricular activities which have to do with psychomotor and all other things”, he said.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, disclosed that the State Government is poised towards developing an all-round child with the capability of excelling in diverse areas of learning.
At the Y2021 Lagos State Schools Debate, Lagos State Senior Model College, Kankon, emerged overall best in the senior category while Ogunmodede Junior College, Epe and Ijaiye Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye were winners of the junior and primary categories respectively.
The Y2021 Lagos State Essay Writing Competition produced Lagos State Senior Model College, Igbonla; Adebola Baptist Junior College, Surulere and Progressive Primary School, Agege as winners of the senior, junior and primary categories respectively.
For the just concluded Lagos State Governor’s Quiz Competition, Vetland Senior Grammar School, Ifako-Ijaiye, emerged overall champion with Topo Junior Secondary School, Badagry and Duro Oyedoyin Primary, School, Surulere, winning the junior and primary categories respectively.
The students were rewarded with trophies, honours certificates and mobile tablets each among others.