Three students of different public schools in Ijesa-South Federal Constituency of Osun state have emerged first, second and third winners of a Mathematics Competition organized by a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Honourable Ajibola Famurewa.
A student of Ilesa Grammar School, Okesa, Ilesa, Ayodeji Ayodele came first, Ayomide Faniyan of St Margret, High School II, Oke-Oye, Ilesa won the second prize while Joseph Shadrach of United Anglican School, Bolounduro, Ilesa came third at the competition.
The winners are Senior Secondary School (SS2) students, who are preparing for the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Hundred students of different public and private secondary across the four Local Government areas that made up Ijesa South Federal constituency participated in the competition.
All the 12 students that made the final stage were all given prizes.
Speaking at the award presentation to the winner on Sunday, Famurewa said that it was amazing that the first, second and third winners of the competition out of the schools that participated in the competition are all students of public schools.
According to Famurewa, the victory of the students affirmed that the education policies of Governor Rauf Aregbesola are functioning and has helped in restructuring public education in the state.
Famurewa maintained that the ‘promotion of functional education’ which is part of the Six Integral Action Plan of the government, is yielding positive results.
The lawmaker, however, lamented the low turnout of students at the competition, saying that it was appalling that students did not participate massively as expected in the competition.
He said: “Out of all the secondary schools, both public and private in the four local government that formed the Ijesa-South Federal Constituency, only 100 students participated in all the stages of the mathematic competition inspite of massive awareness
“We organized this competition to address the poor performance of students in mathematics in both WAEC and NECO. We want an improvement in their performance in the exams. But, these students did not turnout as expected.
“I could not imagine if it were to be a programme where motorcycles or other material things were to be distributed, people would troop out in their large number. This is academic exercise with low turnout of people. Parents and guardians should encourage their children and wards to participate in this kind of programme.”
Famurewa called on wealthy people in the society to assist in promoting education in the state and Nigeria at large, saying that education could not be left for the government alone.
Aside the prizes given to the winners, an award of N500, 000 has been set aside for any student that has the best results in the coming WAEC. The award was donated by by the Chairman, Osun Local Government Service Commission, elder Peter Babalola on behalf of Famurewa.
Also, a sum of N100, 000 was also given to the first winner of the competition by the former Commissioner for Finance, Dr Wale Bolorunduro, who is alumnus of the Ilesa Grammar school.
Commending Famurewa for the programme, the Obaala of Ilesa, High Chief Oyekanmi Ogedengbe, who was at the event, said that the fallen standard of education would have been checked had well meaning Nigerians rise to address the challenges.
Chief Ogedengbe stated that Famurewa has contributed meaningfully to the education sector with the mathematics competition, calling on other politicians and wealthy individuals to emulate the educational programme of Famurewa.