Ogun State government has introduced an annual French competition as a means of encouraging the teaching and learning of French language in its public secondary schools.
Speaking at the French Spelling Bee competition held at Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, said the exercise would also develop the students’ cognitive, effective and psychomotor in a unique way that would make them useful in future.
Mujota, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed, said the French Spelling Bee initiative was geared towards discovering and developing students who could speak French language as the State was a gateway to French speaking countries in West Africa.
The Commissioner commended the State government for its assistance in sustaining French language and charged the competitors to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship, saying not all of them could be winners at the same time.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director of Secondary Education, Mrs. Bosede Ogunleye, pointed out that research had shown that healthy competition improve talents, skills, team work and promote sportsmanship among students.