Children of Imo State origin have been urged to put more interest in their studies to justify the free education policy of the state government.
The Principal Secretary, Imo State Government House, Dr Paschal Obi, made the call when he received members of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and some student from the state who represented the South East in the just-concluded quiz competition organized by the Federal Ministry of education in conjunction with UNICEF.
Dr Obi said that he was not surprised that students from government schools won trophies in view of the positive efforts of Gov Okorocha towards education in the State.
He noted that the administration has reversed the case whereby only students of private schools won prizes in competitions, adding that people are now happy to have their children and wards in public schools.
Dr Obi commended the students who won three out of four trophies in the competition and charged them to work harder.
Earlier in her speech, the SUBEB chairman, Dr (Mrs) Uche Ejiogu, said that since her assumption of office, Imo no longer hires students outside the state to represent them in such competitions.
One of the student, Ezeala Kosisochukwu, a JSS 3 student from Government Secondary School, Owerri, said that free education brought a charge in schools in Imo.
Others who participated in the competition included Hon Amarachi Chimezie (Primary 6, Ikenegbu Layout Primary School) Hon Dike Ebaka (Primary 6, Akwakuma Primary School) and Hon Iheoma Nwauda (Primary 6, Akwakuma Primary School, who were also members of the children’s parliament.
Others are Nwangele Dozie Benji, Government Secondary School Owerri, and Igwe Chijioke, all JSS 3 students.