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‘Spelling Bee’ Winners Demand Improvement In Learning Infrastructure

Posted: May 6, 2015 at 12:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase, Lagos 


As 16-year-old Sonoiki Idowu of Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun emerged winner of the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition for the secondary school category, he has demanded for improved learning infrastructure in the state schools.

Speaking on his expectations from the state government, Sonoiki urged government to rehabilitate roads leading to his school, contending that the roads need urgent attention to ease movement in and out of the school.
He also called for the construction of additional classrooms to ensure adequate accommodation for the students, well stocked library and laboratories as well as provide adequate computer for the schools ICT laboratories.

The winner in his words said, “I want the state government to construct more blocks of classrooms for us in our school, equip our libraries with books, provide more furniture in the school, equipped our laboratories and provide more computer for our ICT lab.”

For emerging winner of the keenly contested competition among other 56 contestants in all the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja, Sonoiki will serve as Lagos State One Day Governor.
Also at the competition Abdulladi Faaiz of Omole Senior High School, Omole and Fehinti Dahunsi of Lagos State Model College, Kankon emerge second and third respectively.

The winners were rewarded with various sums of money in the range of N250, 000, N150, 000 and N100, 000 for first, second and third winners respectively.
Also, Fehinti Dahunsi called on the state government construct more hostels for his school, fans in the rooms.

He said the school needs better internet connection for the school’s ICT laboratories.
Speaking at the competition, Commissioner for education in the state, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye explained that the overall goals of the competition are to help students improve their spelling skills, increase their vocabulary and develop correct English usage.
She added that the competition has created good reading habits that will lead to better academic performance and boost the confidence of participants with a view to preparing them for future endeavours.

“It is heartwarming to note that the goals of the competition have been achieved as evidenced in the performances of our students at various external examinations. I am gladdened by the fact many of the past winners of the competition are now successful men and women in their chosen and enviable careers such as Medicine, Engineering and Law among others,” she said.

Oladunjoye further stated that the past winners have continued to sustain the tradition of excellence associated with the competition and lived up to the expectations of the founder of the competition.
Speaking further she said the winner acting as the governor of the state for one day has over the years continued to motivate the students to strive harder as manifested in the keen tempo that has been the hallmark of the competition.
In her address of welcome, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs.

Ronke Soyombo noted that the Spelling Bee competition has raised the profile of reading and connection that is shared between sounds and letters.
“Learning spelling words is not only important to a child’s future but helps to lay the basic foundation that every student will need throughout their educational life,” she said.