On March 15, at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Lumen Christi International High School, Uromi, once again took the centre-stage for producing the best aggregate school results in the West Africa Senior Secondary school Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for 2021.
It was the sixth time the Edo State-based school will be winning the Augustus Bandele Oyediran Award for producing the best aggregate results in WASSCE for School Candidates in 2021 in Nigeria.
The all-boys Catholic boarding school had shown brightly by clinching the award in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016.
The award was received by the school’s principal, Revd. Fr. Theophilus Itaman, at the 70th Annual Council Meeting of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Itaman, who said the sustainability of the award was through hard work, added that supervision was key to get the desired result any organisation wanted.
According to him, many people are not paying attention to supervision, thinking that by paying salary alone is what is required. We also ensure that the teachers are well-motivated to give their best.
“Sustainability is something you have to work for in any organisation. So, with that, we made a conscious effort to ensure that starting from the admission process, we are thorough and ensuring that there is a foundation to build on our admission.
“We also work on our teachers knowing full well that the products of our today’s universities cannot really do what we are looking for. So, we put in place ongoing formation for our teachers and ensure that our educators are properly trained from time to time through seminars to bring them up to date.
“We also ensured that the teaching-learning process is managed properly and supervised.”
Bishop of Uromi Diocese and Proprietor of the school, Most. Rev. Dr. Donatus Ogun said the award was a fresh reason for the school to celebrate hard work.
The clergyman renewed the commitment of the school to giving society, through the ministry of education, well-formed young leaders who will help build a more just and moral world.
Ogun said: “This year’s award which our school, Lumen Christi Int’l High School recently received, is a fresh reason to celebrate hard work. We are joyful and again congratulate the principal, staff and students. We also thank the organisers of this award ceremony/recognition as this, on the long run, will make the students appreciate hard work and strive towards building a society founded on conscientious human labour rather than corruption and shortcuts to success.
“Going forward, as an institution of the Catholic Church, we renew our commitment to giving the human society (Nigeria and global) through the ministry of education, well-formed young leaders who will help us build a more just and moral world.
“We commend all, the principal, staff and students to the mercy of God as they contribute their quota towards improving on creation through education.”
Itaman added that the students of the school were also motivated to give their best in whatever they do.
He said this had created a form of competition among students as rewards were being given for best performance.
“The students are also motivated to give their best as we create opportunities for healthy competition among the students. A student with the highest aggregate in every session is rewarded and by doing this, in the session following the best student will not pay school fees. Asides from not paying school fees, the student will not have to live in the hostel with other students but be given a self-contained apartment to live in.
“This is motivating the student in that regard. Thus has also been a form of competition among the students.
“Also, to sustain this we ensure that we try to put in place Infrastructure and as well upgrade our facilities to meet the present day reality and the needs of our children,” he said.
The principal, therefore, called on the examination body to do more aside from the presentation of the yearly trophy given to the school with the best aggregate results.
A former student of the Lagoon School, Lekki, Lagos, Miss Isabela Nweze, emerged the overall best student for the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates.
She made all A1s and obtained a total score of 606.8766 in her eight best subjects, including General Mathematics and English Language.
Miss Isabela was then conferred with the National Distinction/Merit award for WASSCE for school candidates 2021.
Also, a former student of Air Force Comprehensive School, Agbani, Enugu, Godswill Edeani and Pascal Unini, who graduated from Christ the King College, Gwagwalada in Abuja, were second and third place winners respectively.