British Council, CIE celebrate students’ performance in Cambridge exam

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Fifty-Eight Nigerian students have been honoured by the British Council and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), for their exceptional performance in the November 2015 and June 2016 Cambridge examination series.

The event tagged “Inaugural British Council Recognition and Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, Nigeria,” also recognised schools from the Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN) that have demonstrated best practice policies for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Child Protection.

Of the 58 students specially recognised at the award ceremony, eight received prestigious ‘Top of the World’ awards for gaining the highest standard mark in the world in a single subject. They are Olatunji Honour Oluwakorede of Greensprings School, Lagos; Oluwagbemisola Oresegun of Caleb British Academy; Enwezoh Sonsholichukwu of Queensland Academy; Komolafe Ikeoluwa Hossana of Lifeforte International High School; and Lily Marlene Merour of British Council, Port Harcourt.

Others are Anyaegbunam Obinna Victor; Daniel-Aguebor Emmanuel and Oluwasemilore Olaposi, all from The Ambassadors Group of Schools. Also in the analysis 49 students won ‘Top in Nigeria’ awards, while three received ‘Best Across’ awards for attaining the highest cumulative total standard marks over a set number of subjects.

Regional Director, Cambridge International Examinations, Sub-Saharan Africa, Juan Visser, said the awardees outstanding achievements not only reflect their determination and passion to succeed but also indicate the immense dedication and commitment of Cambridge teachers.

Director, Nigeria, British Council, Connie Price, on his part said: “We believe in recognising excellence and being enablers to young people in achieving their dreams. An important element of our strategic partnership with CIE is this awards event, which not only recognises outstanding Cambridge learners but also partner schools that exemplify best practice policies for EDI and child protection.

“EDI involves treating people fairly, encouraging diversity, promoting dignity and inclusion, while child protection ensures children are protected from abuse, exploitation and negligence. We encourage international best practice within our community of partner schools through our PSGN and offer high-quality educational products and services that support our leaders, teachers, learners and parents.”

Also, five other students of Greensprings Schools were honoured for their high academic prowess in the 2016 International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examinations. They were adjudged the best above all of the IGCSE students in Nigeria in Additional Maths, Chemistry, Accounting, Drama and Economics. The school also school received a special award from British Council in recognition of its outstanding child protection practices.

Speaking to The Guardian, Adeifeoluwa Oluwatoni Jolaosho, said the award would spur him onto higher levels in life. “This award is my most outstanding achievement so far. Being the best learner in the entire country in Chemistry is really encouraging and quite motivating. It has shown me that I cannot only break grounds in the scientific field, but I can change the world through STEM.”

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