By Gid Ahanonu
The Community Secondary School, Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government, Imo State, penultimate Wednesday held her inter-house sports at the school’s play ground.
The occasion featured march-past, field and track events, calisthenics /cultural dances and presentation of prizes and trophies.
Red House took the first position in the march past event with White and Yellow Houses occupying the 2nd and third positions respectively.
Red House again came tops in the overall events thus bagging the Victor Ludorum trophy, as she beat the White and Blue Houses to the second and third positions respectively.
Earlier in his opening address, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Chibunna Iheuko, the President/General of Obazu Autonomous Community, described sports as essential in education for mental alertness and urged participants to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship to enable them uplift themselves in sports in future.
In a joint address by the Senior and Junior School sections read by the Principal of Senior Section, Mrs. Eke Mercy they posited that sports have some economic values to the participants and the society apart from the attendant physical and mental development as well as entertainment.
The principals listed the challenges facing the school including general dilapidation of the school’s infrastructure, insecurity and lack of perimeter fence.
They also complained of lack of staff to handle such core subjects as Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science and called on government and public-spirited individuals to come to their assistance.
Responding, the Imo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, represented by the Deputy Director (Accounts), School Sports, Mr Cyril Anaele, disclosed that sporting activities have been instituted into the new academic curriculum in primary, secondary and tertiary levels to improve the mental alertness of students because “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
Again, he pointed out that participation of school children in sports insulates them from anti-social behavior both at school and during the holidays as he promised to deliver the school’s requests to the appropriate quarters.
Speaking, a representative of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere and an alumnus of the school, Mr Chris Nwaike advised the school to reach out to some of the old boys who have excelled in their various fields of endeavour for assistance.
He assured the school that government would come to their aid soon as there was a plan to rehabilitate schools in the locality after verifying the information submitted by the community’s Government Liaison Officer (GLO).
Mr. Nwaike than made a donation of N50,000 to the school on behalf of the deputy governor.