Vetland Senior Grammar School and Dairy Farm Secondary School, both Lagos State public schools, emerged first and third at the 2019 Scholars/Award Day organised by the Academic Excellence Initiative, AEI over the weekend.
The AEI Scholars’ Day, which featured lectures and a technology integrated quiz competition among secondary school students in Lagos state, was meant to identify and celebrate brilliant students, and serve as a means of promoting academic excellence among secondary school students.
Forty secondary schools registered for this year’s event, with six public and 34 private.
At the Saturday May 4 Grand Finale held at the ECO Event Centre, Egbeda, 15 schools battled for the top honour in a live Computer Based Test. The students were tested on three core subjects, English language, Mathematics and Civic Education.
Winners splashed with cash gifts
Vetland Senior Grammar School emerged the overall winner and smiled home with a cash prize of N250,000, tablets loaded with educational packages for the school’s two representatives, a trophy and two medallions.
Elias International School was runner-up, winning a cash reward of N150,000 and tablets.
Dairy Farm School finished second runner-up and got N100, 000 and tablets for their representatives.
The cash prize for the winning school was donated by Hon. Sulaimon, as the local government proudly supported AEI’s laudable project
The event, with the theme, ‘Digital Transformation Trends In Education,’ had in attendance renowned educationists, government officials and Information Technology experts.
Calls for digitization of syllabus
The Chief Host of the academic event, Mr Jelili Sulaimon, who is the Chairman of Alimosho Local Government, wants the Lagos State Government to embrace digitization vis-a-vis schools’ syllabus.
According to him, “the state government should move towards digitization of our primary and secondary school syllabus so that their knowledge-base will meet the 21st-century requirement”.
“Gone are those days where typing skills were elevated but nowadays computer and cyber security skill are essential,” he said.
He urged parents to encourage their kids to embrace computer knowledge because it will still be relevant in decades to come.
Mr Sulaimon, who donated the cash prize of N250,000 for the overall winner, promised that Alimosho Local Government would continue supporting the AEI in executing its laudable programmes and projects.
“We are supporting this initiative because it will add a lot of value to Alimosho local government area and the educational institution within,” he said.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr Francis Origa applauded the AEI’s initiative, describing it as “something worth investing on.”
“They are selling nothing other than academic excellence to the leaders of tomorrow to better the future of our nation,” Origa acknowledged.
Concerns over academic challenges in schools
The Executive Director of AEI, Mr Faheed Olajide, in his address, expressed concerns that existing school clubs have become mere social gatherings, and therefore not addressing academic challenges as expected.
Olajide advocated a new vision and drive towards academic excellence in the education sector.
Other speakers at the event include Tope Mark Odigie of Television Continental, TVC, Yusuf Jimoh Aweda, a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Odusami Agbolade of Lufem Systems Limited