By Obianuju Azukaego/Chinazo Okoye/Nnaemeka Egwuonwu 

Awka, Dec. 11, 2020 (MOI) Not less than 10 schools in Anambra State received a National Productivity Award from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja. 

The schools selected from the state were honoured as a result of the excellent performance of their students and pupils in relation to academic excellence and productivity rating. 

The schools include Maris Comprehensive College, Nteje, Matar Dei Secondary School, Daughters of Divine Love (DDL), Awkuzu, St. Paul’s Seminary, Ukpor, Promise International School, Onitsha and Carol Standard Convent, Ichi. 

Others are Divine Kids Montessori School, Fegge, Onitsha, Prof. Peace Nursery & Primary School, Oba, Holy Ghost Academy, Amaokpala, St. Joseph the Worker International Secondary School, Enekwasimpu and St. Johnbosco Technical College, Obosi. 

Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, while receiving the principals, school heads and proprietors of the schools in her office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka described them as torch bearers. 

Prof. Omenugha commended the schools for making Anambra State Government proud, while urging them to strive for more academic excellence. 

“The reward for excellence calls for more work,’’ she said. 

She urged the school heads to consolidate on the effort of the State Government to instil discipline, value-based education and examination malpractice free in their various schools. 

The commissioner enjoined them to create production units in their schools, where the students would be taught business proposal and marketing strategy. 

Prof. Omenugha said that school children should be taught how to produce things in Igbo Language and at the same time learn and preserve our cultural values and heritage. 

“National Policy on Education has also advised that schools should teach their students in native languages. 

“If we don’t train our children with in native language, they will not appreciate our cultural values,’’ she added. 

She also advised them to ensure that they expose their students to Ibo proverbs during morning assemblies as such will also help them to recreate and appreciate our cultural values. 

Prof. Omenugha, however, urged the school heads to emphasize more on neatness and organisational skills as such would help them to improve their lives. 

The principals and school heads described their experiences at the 2-Day productivity workshop held in Abuja between Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, as remarkable and an eye opener. 

The proprietress of Divine Kids Montessori School, Fegge, Onitsha, Mrs Rachel Nnadi thanked the State Government for giving them the leverage to thrive globally. (MOI)

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