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Press Release 2013

Press Release 2012

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FIDSON rewards 175 students in three states


Quality education, no doubt, is a veritable tool for national development in view of the fact that what children achieve later in life is largely dependent on the foundation that has been laid. While the dwindling standard of education has become a major source of concern to stakeholders, if nothing is drastically done to stem the trend, students coming out of the nation’s educational system may be ill prepared for challenges of the future.

In a bid to reverse this trend, Fidson Healthcare Plc continued its yearly education intervention -Astymin Brilliance Reward (ARB)-a platform designed to reward outstanding students from primary schools in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States as this would make them stay focused on their studies and work harder.

Speaking at this year’s ARB ceremony which held in Lagos recently, Olugbenga Olayeye, Sales and Marketing Director, Fidson Healthcare Plc revealed that while hardwork does not go unrewarded, the company deemed it fit to reward one hundred and seventy five exemplary students that excelled as best graduating students in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states.

While noting that sacrifice and discipline in themselves are not for the weak-minded and are even more impressive when modelled at such a young age, Olayeye stated that the outstanding qualities in their academics are a direct result of the disciple of these students who were been rewarded with educational materials which would be required for secondary school education.

“In today’s world, it is easy to get lost in the plethora of technology and social media. A lot of times, these technological meant to aid can also hinder our children’s ability to focus. Borrowing one of Mandela’s words-‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ As leaders of tomorrow, you must use your educational success to drive your ambition and future goals to contribute meaningfully to the society. You must act as examples to your friends, peers and your siblings”, Olayeye stated.

Lending her view, Olukemi Ramon, assistant director, private education and special program, ministry of Education, Lagos State, noted that the importance of teachers and school administrators in the students who were been rewarded today is enormous.

While congratulating the students been rewarded by the Astymin brand, Ramon charged the students to set the pace for excellence and continue to achieve as they progress to secondary education.

“Challenge yourself-strive to be better daily, set clear goals for yourself and pursue them relentlessly. Always leave your positive mark on any path you walk; don’t just pass through life as an ordinary person. I want to assure you that your values and winning spirit will continue to be a blessing to your families, friends and the society. We in Lagos state will continue to set the standards in the educational sector such that we celebrate excellence of students,” Ramon noted.

This reward, educational experts believe, is worth commendation given latest reports which show that in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the performances of Nigerian students in Senior Secondary School Examinations were 23, 21 and 20 percents respectively.

On the average, few than a quarter (22 percent) of students that sat for the examination obtained credit in five subjects including English and Mathematics during the three years period. With increased internet accessibility and proliferations of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, etc, these platforms have lately become tools for delinquencies through sharing of phonographic materials and engaging in unhealthy relations rather than been tools for social education, research and intellectual exchange.

It is believed that parents should not fail in their duty to support the education of their children and monitor their progress. This in the long run, would change the declining fortunes of the sector.

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