LUMEN Christi International High School, Uromi, Edo State has emerged as the best performing school in the nation by clinching the Augustus Bandele Oyediran trophy by producing the best overall results in West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 2016.

According to Vanguard, the school emerged winner with best aggregate judged on the result of best 50 students that sat the exam based on their grades in English language, Mathematics and a science subject to clinch the presitgious award instituted in 1985.

Since when the award has been instituted till date, only 12 schools have won it: Queens College, Yaba, Lagos won the maiden edition while Loyola Jesuit College has won the award five consecutive times, among others.

There were also awards for individual performance in the international, national and sub-regional categories. The first international award for 1985 examination was presented in Monrovia, Liberia, in 1986, where Nigeria took the maiden award with Ishola Adedapo taking the star prize. Since then the competition for top spots has always been between Nigeria and Ghana but Nigeria was dominant between 1999 and 2008. From 2008, Ghana took over the international category carting away the three top spots except in 2011 when Miss Adeloye Ope, took the third position. And the latest with Ayodeji Oluwafisayomi coming second.

Speaking at the 65th WAEC’s Annual Council meeting in Abuja, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said that the current method of teaching was defective as students lack capacity of critical thinking for solution to problems.

Osinbajo urged that it was expedient for educators to break from the past by setting a moral and ethical standard to define success.

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