Reforms in the education sector by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has continued to yield positive gains as students of Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS) achieved yet another remarkable feat, clinching the second position in the highly competitive national quiz competition, outperforming schools from all 36 states of Nigeria.
The students from the state-owned school had emerged as the best performers in the South-South region, securing their spot to represent the region in the Anti Substance Abuse Programme (ASAP) Quiz Competition, sponsored by the MTN Foundation.
The students clinched the second position with a N5 million cash prize after getting five points behind the quiz winners, the Parents Teachers Association-Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (PTA-NADP) International College, Lafia, Nasarawa State, who got 50 points.
The winners will be presented with their prizes by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima at the ASAP National Conference scheduled to hold tomorrow, June 26 at the State House, Abuja, as part of activities to commemorate the 2023 World Drug Day.
The trio of Theresa John Parkson, Benita Omosefe Omonzejele, and Best Osasogie Edobor who were Edo’s representatives at the highly tensed competition had thrilled guests with their academic prowess and problem-solving abilities, showcasing their knowledge and understanding of the dangers of substance abuse, addiction, and other related topics.
The achievement reflects the effectiveness of the state’s educational policies and initiatives embarked upon by the Governor Obaseki-led state government in the past six years.
The government had focused on delivering superior learning outcomes to students by investing in the professional development of teachers, (employing and training quality teachers to achieve set targets); training and equipping supervisors and quality assurance officers; developing state-owned schools in remote areas and sensitising parents on the need to send their children to school.
MTN Anti-Substance Abuse Programme is a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral behaviour change initiative that is aimed at reducing the rate of first-time substance abusers amongst young Nigerians aged between 10-25 years.
Executive secretary, MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya said the competition is organized to create awareness of substance abuse among secondary students and also assess the level of awareness and knowledge of substance abuse and substance abuse issues among secondary school students.