Abuja- In a bid to encourage excellence in secondary schools in Nigeria, the Africa Brands Review(ABR) is set to award top 1000 schools in Africa and top 100 schools in Nigeria at the 2017 Africa Top School Awards.
Disclosing these on Friday, the ABR Award Coordinator and Executive Secretary, Joseph Ayodele declared that beyond performance at external examinations that are prone to malpractices, awarding schools must have excellent performance in matriculation examinations to higher institutions and excellent performance of their old students in higher institutions.
According to him; “We are proud to recognize these outstanding High Schools for maintaining high standards in their academics and for encouraging more people in their communities to experience the joy and benefits of higher education”.
Ayodele emphasized that the 2017 Africa Top School Award is unique as it will be celebrating the 5th year of unbroken activities and joining the Lagos Centre of Excellence in celebrating Lagos Top schools at 50 success story.
He said; “The ‘Top 1000 Schools in Africa Award/ Top 100 schools in Nigeria’ recipients will be acknowledged at a special ceremony to be held at six different locations in Nigeria in May and June 2017. Each of the recipients will also be in the running to receive the ‘ABR school of the year designation in September 2017”.
The ABR Award Coordinator also noted that the award will take place in Royal Tropicana Hotel in Kano on May 4, National Theatre Lagos on May 11, Ado Ekiti on May 18, International Press Centre in Abuja on May 25, in Port Harcourt o. June 1 and Benin City on June 8, 2017.
The award will not only boost the morale of the students but will go a long way to improve the education system, encourage studying and hard work.
It will also set a standard for secondary school students to study rather than engage in examination malpractice and will lead to graduating intelligent students with integrity that would add their quota to the growth of Nigeria.