School debate has been described as an avenue, where students could display their academic prowess and exchange ideas that would sharpen their cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed who spoke at a schools debate, organised by Park Inn by Raddison Hotel, Kuto, Abeokuta, said the competition was a veritable opportunity for students to showcase the stuff and talents that abound in them through writing and self expression.
Alhaji Rasheed who was represented by the Director Education Support Services, Mr. Martins Akinsolu, applauded the organisers of the programme for keeping students busy, admonishing parents and guardians to be more involved in the education of their wards.
‘’Government will continue to provide affordable qualitative education for all school age children and adults, irrespective of gender, religion and state of origin’’, the Permanent Secretary assured.
Earlier in his welcome address, the General Manager of the Hotel, Mr. Kayode Aina, said his organisation believed that education was the catalyst to development, that was why the outfit would continue to sponsor the programme.
At the end of the debate, Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School, Osiele, Abeokuta, emerged winner, the second position went to Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while Area Community High School, Owode Egba, came third in the competition that featured 40 selected public and private secondary schools in the State.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in the State has been told to be proactive in the course of running the Association.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed who gave the advice while addressing the Executive and members of the Association, who were on a courtesy visit to the Ministry, called for unity and cordial relationship with the Ministry.
‘’Let me encourage you to cooperate with one another and ensure you relate with officials of the Ministry when and where necessary’’, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, President of the Association, Dr. Lawrence Olumide, while thanking the Management for the warm reception, noted that the visit was first of its kind since the coming on board of the present Executive, assuring of the Association’s full cooperation to move private schools in the State forward.