Abavo Girls High school hosted a number of schools in Abavo land during the 15th Dr Ehijene’s annual science competition which was held on Saturday July 13, 2019.
The competition as the name implies was entirely to test the degree of competence of science students in the senior secondary and junior secondary schools in Abavo, encourage and reward them. The competition for the senior secondary classes was arranged in a manner that individual students were giving question papers which covered about 60 questions on Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry and Agricultural science. At the end of the competition, individual scores of students representing each school were summed up and the schools with the highest score were announced winners. Individual students with outstanding performances were also recognized and rewarded.
Some of the schools present were; Success Secondary school, His Glory Group of Schools, Jegbefume Secondary School, St Charles College, Godswill Academy, Okpe Mixed Secondary school, Irenuma Secondary School and Mixed secondary School all in Abavo.
For the junior category, the students representing each school were collectively given a question paper which included mathematics, Basic Science and Agricultural science and were allowed to answer the questions together as a school. At the end of the competition, the schools with the highest scores were announced.
At the end of the competition winners that emerged for the junior category were; Irenuma Secondary School, St. Charles College and Success Secondary School as first, second and third positions respectively. see also: IKA DAUGHTER BECOMES SIGNATORY ON NIGERIAN CURRENCY
For the senior category, Godswill Academy, Jegbefume Secondary Schools and Okpe mixed Secondary School emerged first second and third positions respectively.
The outstanding students that were also recognized include; Agu Gift from Godswill Academy with the third overall best result, Ossai Augustus from Irenuma school with the second overall best result and Innocent Favour from Jegbefume who emerged as the overall best student in the competition.
The annual competition is sponsored by Dr Ehijene, an illustrious son of Abavo Kingdom, who has decided to give back to the society. In an interview, Mr Ehijene disclosed that he was one of the pioneer students of St Charles College, Abavo and never had the opportunity to study science subjects because the school was new as at that time. According to him “When I retired from the civil service in 2004, I felt the need to encourage those who want to study Sciences since I never had the opportunity. That was how the idea originated. Since 2004, I have been holding the competition.
Dr. Ehijene expressed displeasure at the results of the students in this year’s competition stating that it was the worst results so far and pleaded with teachers and school owners to prepare students properly for such competitions.
Some of the teachers who accompanied their students to the competition commended Dr Ehijene for his continuous strive to propel students in Abavo land towards academic excellence, especially in the area of sciences over the years. A teacher disclosed that he also took part in the competition while he was in secondary school and it spurred him to become a better person afterwards. Another teacher who was a youth corper said she was surprised to see this kind of competition in Abavo land, revealing that since she arrived in Abavo, she has always believed that they prefer farming to education but seeing this competition, she is convinced and happy to be a part of it.