Anambra State has continued to live up to its motto of Light of the Nation as the Team Anambra emerged winners of the Inter Basic Debate Competition, beating contestants from the other 35 states of the federation including the federal capital territory.
The debating competition, which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital was organised as part of the activities marking Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary.
The great performance of Team Anambra came on the heels of the emergence of Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi, a teacher at the Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha as the Best Teacher in Nigeria, in the keenly contested Multina Teacher of the Year Awards, organised by Nigerian Breweries Plc in association with the Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund.
Obi, who teaches Mathematics, was adjudged the nation’s Best Teacher, after edging out contestants from 19 states of the federation who had emerged as champions of their various states.
The emergence of Team Anambra as winners of the Schools Debate and Obi’s emergence as the Best Teacher in Nigeria, indicate a direct relationship between the quality of teachers in Anambra State and the bright students that are produced by the various schools in the state.
The most fascinating thing about the emerging culture of educational excellence in Anambra State is that the high performing students and the award-winning teacher are all from public schools.
Similarly, the Team Anambra that defeated the contingents of other states to emerge champions of the Schools Debate last year was drawn from public schools across the state.
The team was made up of Adachukwu Onyekwena from Girls Secondary School, Amaenyi, Awka; Nnamdi Udoji from Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha; Chinemerem Oguaba from Awada Secondary School, Obosi; Chukwuebuka Obichi from Army Day Secondary School, Onitsha and Nneka Chigozie from Mater Ammabillis Secondary School, Umoji; all public schools located in different parts of the state. (Business World)