The MSSN insists on the reinforcement of the intellectual capacities of the students | The Guardian Nigeria News
Winners come out in quiz contest
In order to improve the intellectual abilities of secondary school students, the Muslim Student Society of Nigeria (MSSN), a unit of Lagos State, organized an intellectual quiz competition on the theme “Quality Education: Parameters, Disadvantages and interference”.
In the first edition of LIQC, Majisa Okunade from Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Surulere and Moosa Akintunde, a student from MIMS Comprehensive College, Bajulaye, Shomolu emerged champions in the senior and junior categories.
Muhammad Ajuwon, from Agidingbi Main Secondary School, Ikeja, and Muhammad Isu, another student from MIMS Comprehensive College, Bajulaye, Shomolu, were the first and second runners-up in the senior category.
The junior category finalists were Khawlah Bello, Excelsior Islamic Schools, Satellite Town, Amuwo Odofin (first runner-up) and Nimotallah Ibrahim, Odumola Junior Secondary School, Epe (second runner-up).
The winners of both categories smiled home with N200,000 each, while the first runners-up received N140,000 each and the runners-up went home with N100,000 each.
Speaking at the competition, the Emir of the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, Mallam Miftahudeen Thanni, lamented the continued decline in quality education in Nigeria.
“Without a doubt, quality education has eluded our great nation, Nigeria. Quality and free education is next to impossible or is now a thing of the past as various setbacks have been witnessed in the industry over the years. It is a horror that the quality of education has totally dropped,” Thanni said.
He added that the attitude of students towards learning is worrying and that there is a decrease in the facilities available for learning in order to create a conducive environment for future leaders.
“Teacher salaries can no longer bring them home compared to the solid and juicy packages that legislators and other office holders earn at all levels of government. It is cheating and an abyssal fact that we have to face in our country.
He urged the Nigerian government to prioritize the welfare of teachers.
“I want to unequivocally challenge the government that it can do better to improve the welfare of teachers. There is a need to take the education sector to the next level and make teachers more comfortable in being able to train and educate these students. It is a fact that no nation grows above its teachers. If the teachers are poor, the level of education will be bad and vice versa. At this stage,
“Countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, to name a few, have over the years shown a greater commitment to teacher welfare, schools education and student well-being. These explain the level of success recorded in these climates.
The chairman of the event, Alhaji Saheed Adedayo Amzat, MD/CEO of Zedcrest Capitals, said he was honored to be present, adding that it is no surprise that the quiz competition was organized by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Zonal Unit.
While announcing plans to double the prize money in all categories, Alhaji Amzat noted that MSSN Lagos has been at the forefront of championing academic excellence over the decades.
“I’m happy to be part of it,” he said.
The CEO of a Lagos-based owner and capital management company also denounced the state of education in the country, noting that quality education is a luxury in Nigeria.
“Quality education is a necessity in our modern times. Indeed, it opens the door to opportunities and innovations. More importantly, it makes Nigerians competitive in the global market. Unfortunately, it is a luxury in our country. In 2017, the World Economic Forum ranked Nigeria 120 out of 136 countries when it comes to the quality of primary education. Similarly, more than 10 million Nigerian children of primary school age were not enrolled in school in 2019. This is the highest number of out-of-school children in the world . It is indeed a setback to our progress as a nation.
“We all know that students at federal colleges have been home for over 100 days now, since February. How did we get here as a nation? The general state of education and the resulting poor quality have serious consequences for living standards, access to employment and economic growth,” he said.
The head of the LIQC Organizing Committee, Mr. Kamaldeen Abiona, thanked Allah for the success of this year’s intellectual quiz on the theme “Quality Education: Parameters, Disadvantages and Intervention”, saying that it is only the beginning and that it will not be the last.
Explaining the details of the stages involved in the competition, the head of the organizing committee said that the edition started with preliminaries in the regional councils, which took place on November 20, 2021.
“This took place in 38 of the 45 regional councils with over 500 participants. The top 3 participants from each regional council advanced to the second round (zonal stage). At this point, the top 10 in each category have emerged. This took place on January 29, 2022.
“The top 10 in each category were invited to a boot camp held from May 6 to 8 to drill them on the focus topics and at the same time organize a semi-final for them. In the end, 7 of the 10 participants in each category qualified for the final. And today, Saturday, the 7 in each category competed to produce a winner which we celebrate,” he noted.
Speaking further, Mr. Abiona revealed that the candidates were tested on general and departmental subjects at the preliminary stage, adding that “During the semi-final to the final, the subjects were narrowed down to general subjects only in order to put all the participants on the same level.
“General subjects included math, English, Islamic studies and current affairs. The department’s subjects were Physics and Chemistry for science students, Accounting and Business for social science students, and English Literature and Government for art students.