By Mercy Hill
Almost one hundred and twenty-eight primary school pupils participated recently in the Awka Diocesan 2018/2019 quiz competition held on 13th March 2019, comprising both junior and senior categories. The grand finale which was held at St. Patrick's cathedral had in attendance eighteen primary schools in Anambra state, carefully selected through the regional quiz competitions held in their various regions. The first three schools that came top from each region made it to the grand finale in Awka.
Representing the Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Paulinus Ezeokafor, the chancellor of the Diocese, Rev.Fr. Francis Chidume, excused the bishop for his unavoidable absence. He however acknowledged that the quiz competition had been always successful over the past years and had been used to bring children all round the state together, also had helped in improving their knowledge in various subjects.
Commending the organizers for the initiative, he urged them and the students to harness and pursue success with all zest.
Speaking during an interview session with Fides, one of the organizers/convener of the competition, the education secretary of Adazi region, Rev. Fr.Leo Mmadubuike, appreciated all who had contributed to the success of the event which included the facilitators, teachers, students, and other education secretaries from Akpu and Nimo regions respectively. He also noted that the competition is an enrichment program mapped out for pupils with an aim to help raise the standard of education in the state. He advised students to work harder so as to attain excellence.
One of the teachers who spoke in an interview, Mrs Onyemala Njideka from Holy Child Primary School, Isuofia, commended the organizers for the annual competition which provided the platform for the children to be assessed on various academic subjects. Mrs Onyemala however complained that igbo language was excluded from this year's competition, advising that it be added next year to help propagate and aid the growth of the language.
For her part, the facilitator of the 2018/2019 quiz competition Miss Ogechukwu Vivian Ndubuilo said that the competition has aided the academic evaluation of pupils in the state. She further suggested that scholarships be awarded to winners in subsequent editions.
Ejeagwu Divine, from St. Marks Primary School, Abagana, who was a senior category participant said she was happy because the competition had given her the opportunity to meet with different scholars and has widened her horizon to several topics in different subjects.
Schools that made it to the grand Finale in SENIOR CATEGORY were: Holy Name, Umuchu, St. Paul's Akpo, Seat of Wisdom, Agulu; St.Joseph, Ekwulobia; All Saints, Awgbu; St.Mathew, Ajali; St.Thomas Aquinas, Awka; Handmaid, Awka; Pope Johnpaul II, Oko; Fatima, Igboukwu; Good shepherd, Ogbunike; St. Marks, Abagana; Azudo, Ichida;Seat of Wisdom, Umunze; Immaculate Heart, Uga; all primary schools.
JUNIOR CATEGORY:St.Michael's Akwaeze,St. Mathews,Ajali;St. Mary's, Oraeri;Community Primary School,Akwaeze;Holy Name,Umuchu;ST. Mary's Aguluezechukwu;St. Thomas Aquinas ,Awka; St.Marks, Abagana; Marks, Abagana; Central School, Akpo; Seat of Wisdom, Akpu; Sister Pura Pagani, Umunze; St. John's Modern Pri. School, Neni; Holy Family,Nawfia.
Community Primary school,Akwaeze emerged winner from the junior category while St. Marks, Abagana emerged the overall winner for the senior category.