Kwara State government has reaffirmed commitment to programmes that will not only improve students’ intelligence but also to boost their academic performance.
Sa’daatu Modibo Kawu, the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, gave the assurance while speaking at the 2023 Tax Club quiz competition, organized by Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS).
She posits that the state government under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq will continue to encourage academic activities that will promote intellectual prowess in future chosen profession among students in the state.
According to her, the just concluded annual quiz is crucial, “based on mental development, academic excellence and futuristic capacity building among our students”.
The Commissioner noted that the state Ministry of Education is always interested in innovative approach towards healthy academic competitions that would boost self-confidence among students.
Folasade Omoniyi, the Chair person of KWIRS, encouraged reading and dedication to learning among the youths, saying that 231 entrants competed but were trimmed to 92 then 18 before six finalists eventually contested.
She explained that the competition was in three categories: teachers’, schools’ and students’.
While Stepping Stone College, Ilorin emerged 2023 winner with N2.5m financial award.
Others were; the first runner-up, Eucharistic Heart of Jesus College that won N1.5m and the third runner-up, Government Secondary School, Lafiagi, went with N1m.
On the students’ category, the overall winner earned N400,000, the first runner-up N300,000 while the third runner-up was given N200,000.
The first teacher collected N150,000, second got N100,000 and the third, received N50,000.