Two students of St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos, are among the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination top 10 results.
The two students were 16-year-old Chibuzo Monwuba and 17-year-old Eberechukwu Ajayi who are presently taking the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination in their school.
Recall that a policy report by the registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, confirmed that Monwuba was the best student with a score of 358 and Ajayi came to the fourth position with a score of 349.
Monwuba who wishes to study Electrical Electronics Engineering at Covenant University, Ota, attributed his success to God and hard while he also encouraged other students to believe in themselves.
He said, “The first thing is God, immediately I was in SS3, I always pray to God to help me pass my UTME excellently. I always go through my books and textbooks over and over and I ensured I covered the syllabus prior to the exam. I followed the JAMB syllabus given us in a disk.”
In the same vein, Ajayi advised other learners to always persevere and delay gratifications if they want to succeed.
“It is by God I was able to get this far, through prayers, secondly hard work and perseverance. Most students in Nigeria are lazy most of us don’t want to work hard. Hard work got me this far but I can work harder to achieve more. I have always consulted more, chequebooks, ask questions, talk to my teachers.
Perseverance too, because sometimes when I don’t get something, I will keep reading it until I gain understanding. Delayed gratifications too, as a student, you have to decide whether to read now or play games. When am tempted to do other things apart from my book, I delay it and focus on my book.
“Most students always look for shortcuts, they don’t pay attention, playing in class. Those in higher institutions, miss classes too.”
He said he would like to study Mechatronics Engineering at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
The Administrator of St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Dr Leo Maduabuchi Muoneme said the students made the school proud.
He encouraged them not to rest on their oars.