Keke Senior Grammar School, Agege, Lagos, has emerged the winner of the Y2020 Lagos State Schools Governor’s Quiz competition with 14 points, closely followed by Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu with 12 points and Lagos State Senior Model College, Kankon, with 10 points for the second and third positions respectively.
Speaking at the grand finale of the competition held on Friday for Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in the State, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo revealed that this year’s competition held virtually is in line with the efforts of the government towards engaging the students intellectually while at home.
Adefisayo spoke on the need to conduct a periodic assessment for the children to determine what they have learnt in the past few months through the Radio, Television and on-line programmes initiated by the State Government due to the closure of schools.
In her words, “In any good educational system, you don’t only test knowledge by summative examinations, there are so many other means such as tests, quizzes, panel discussions and project work among others, which will develop the students for the task ahead”.
The Commissioner averred that the annual Governor’s Quiz competition became more important as a way of accessing the school children as well as ensure that they are on top of their studies in view of the lockdown, adding that the competition will give them a wider scope in their core subjects and general studies.
She reiterated that high priority is given the education sector by the current administration, expressing optimism that the children are now more confident towards operating technological devices from the comfort of their homes to access virtual academic programmes that will improve their knowledge and enhance their learning capacity.
While congratulating the winners of the quiz competition and wishing them the best in future endeavours, the Commissioner stated that the annual competition was done virtually this year in line with the State Government’s efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Lagos.
Earlier in her address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja said that the highly competitive Lagos State Schools Governor’s Quiz Competition is an annual event designed to develop the mind of the pupils by creating healthy rivalry among students and has over the years produced many brilliant children who have gone ahead to study various courses of choice in higher institutions of learning.
She noted that the State government is happy with the overt display of knowledge by the children in science and technology, art and crafts among others, stressing that the recent improvement recorded in external examinations and achievements in many competitions underscores the usefulness of such competitions in Lagos State.
While advising all school children in the State to devote more time to their academic pursuits in order to attain excellence as future leaders, Adelaja urged the students to see the competition as an avenue to upscale their knowledge and key into the technological vision of the Governor for a Greater Lagos.
“The high standard of questions that are posted to the pupils/students and the ease with which they answer them is a testimony to the quality of education that we provide in the public education system in Lagos State”, Adelaja said.
In the junior category of the quiz competition, Fagba Junior Grammar School, Ifako-Ijaiye; Lagos State Junior Model College, Kankon and Eva Adelaja Junior Secondary School, Bariga came First, Second and Third respectively while Ahmad Primary School, Agege; Oke Ishegun Primary School, Alimosho and Mafoluku Nur/Primary School, Oshodi-Isolo also came First, Second and Third respectively in the Primary School category of the competition.