UMUAHIA (Sundiata Post) – Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated students and teachers in the state over the ranking of the state as the number one state in the May/June 2015 West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result as released by the West African Examination Council.
A statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, said in recognition of the excellent performance of the schools and students in the state’s school system, Ikpeazu has approved the award of tertiary education scholarship to the best students from each of the 17 local government areas of the state in any Nigerian tertiary institution.
Governor Ikpeazu has directed the Commissioner for Education, Professor Ikechi Mgboji, to forward to him the list of the best student from each local government area of the state in the 2015 WASSCE examination results to enable him.
The governor also directed that, going forward, the best performing student in WASCE from each of the 17 LGAs would receive automatic tertiary education scholarship from the state government.
It will be recalled that West African Examination Council (WAEC) recently released details of the performance of students state by state and Abia State came first as the best performing state, while 35 other states and Abuja queued behind.
Abia State has consistently maintained top position in the WASSCE performance chart in the past five years.
In results released for 2014 and 2013 Abia State came second behind Anambra State but has now overtaken Anambra State as the overall best and first in the WASSCE performance chart for 2015 examinations. The state topped the chart with 33,762 of its 52,801 candidates, scoring 63.94 per cent.
The governor is challenging the Commissioner, teachers and students in the state to ensure that the state maintains this top position, promising that he would do everything possible to ensure much more improved students and teachers welfare that will enhance the performance of Abia students in future examinations.
The governor recently donated three cars to the best primary teachers from each senatorial zone of the state.
Ikpeazu who was a university teacher prior to his emergence as governor, is also appealing to private individuals and organisations to support his “adopt a school” programme and help his administration fast track infrastructural renewal in Abia State schools.
He is also committed to ensuring that the recently launched school feeding programme, which the Abia State Government is doing in partnership with farmers in the state, is sustained.