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Miccom Foundation Rewards School, Pupils. by iamseun (m): 1:38pm on December 7
Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
500Level, Nigeria.
Saint James Middle School, Ayetoro in Osogbo, Osun State has emerged the winner of the MicCom Foundation for Educational Development’s (MIFED’s) best school in the assessment examination for 2017/2018 session.

MicCom Cables and Wires Limited Chairman Mr Tunde Ponnle was at the presentation of the bursary/scholarship awards to pupils and schools where a borehole was also handed over to the school.

MIFED Board of Trustees Chairman Prince Duro Oyinlola, who was represented by his deputy, Ade Afolabi, said the focus of the foundation was to promote academic excellence and quality education.

He said the Foundation was co-founded in 1987 by Prince Michael Tunde Ponnle, and his late wife, Princess Comfort Olufunke, to mark their 21st wedding anniversary to award scholarships to deserving students from indigent families of Oyo and Osun origins and students from other parts of the federation whose parents have lived in the two states for at least 10 years.

He also said the Foundation donates foodstuff and other gifts to two special schools in Ikirun and Osogbo yearly.

Congratulating the recipients of the bursaries, the chairman said: “I congratulate today’s awardees on scaling through and joining the enviable group of MIFED scholars. You, therefore, should put in more efforts to improve your performances for you to reach your goals. You should also be obedient to your parents and the constituted authorities, both within and outside the schools. I also advise the students that sat for the assessment examination but unable to emerge winners not to relent but to should rather consider this as a challenge and to work harder to make it at the 2019/2020 session.”

Oyinlola said the award of the best performing school to St. James Middle School in 2017/2018 session would be ginger other schools in Osun State to strive to achieve excellence.

Representative of the Ponnle family, Mrs. Yetunde Daramola, said the Foundation started with an initial capital of N700,000, which has grown to over N10 million.

She said the entire MicCom family was committed to the objectives of MIFED, adding: “We are aware of the responsibility the Foundation bestows on us as a family and we are committed to nurturing its ideals at all times.”

She said the assessment in the last two years revealed that the pupils were not familiar with the style of exercise because it requires knowledge of the subject matter. She added that the Foundation also discovered they were weak in English Language and worse in Mathematics.

However, she said there was an improvement in the performance in both subjects this year, which reflected the pupils’ desire to learn.

She said: “This year, we introduced a special award for best improved student, which was won by Oyediji Faruq Opeyemi with an improvement of 278.74 percent from a score of 38.46 percent in 2017 to 66.20 percent this year. Ilesanmi Umar-Faruq won a special award for exceptional performance in Mathematics. Overall best student went to Omotosho Marvelous Funmilayo while the best school award for 2018/2019 was won by Community Middle High School, Ota-Efun, Osogbo with an average score of 60.68 percent.”

The Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Education, Osun State Ministry of Education, Mr. S. F. Olajide, thanked the Foundation for its commitment to the delivery of functional education in the state.

Olajide, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Olufemi Oyesiji, said: “This good gesture is appreciated because the government needs the support of the society in providing education for the children in the state.’’

In her goodwill message, former chairman, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Osun State, Mrs. Modupe Olagunju, advised parents to show more commitment to education of their wards, describing education as a vehicle to greatness.

Mrs Olagunju expressed disappointment that parents did not attend the event to show appreciation to the donor and solidarity for their children.

The School II Principal, Mrs. Oluyinka Ajadi, said the borehole would save students and teachers from hardship caused by associated lack of water in the school.

Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/miccom-foundation-rewards-school-pupils/

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