By Martin Nwoko 

The Association For Formidable Educational Development (AFED) Imo State Chapter which is an umbrella body for proprietors of private schools in Nigeria has offered scholarship to three pupils in the state who performed excellently in its just concluded mock examination at the instance of the National body.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Imo State Controller of AFED, Barr. Celeb Daniels disclosed that the vision of the Association was to cater for the welfare of proprietors of low fee paying private schools in the state and in the country with the motto: Education for all. 

The state Controller, Barr. Celeb stated that the scholarship award was its maiden edition which was instituted to encourage pupils in low fee paying private schools to know that they can compete favorably with other pupils in other schools. He equally used the opportunity to thank all those that made the exercise a successful one starting from its executives to the different schools that participated in the academic exercise.He thanked the Headmistress of Royal Heritage Christian School,Mrs Cynthia Osuji and its proprietor, Lady Juliet Ehirim for providing different gifts items which include; dictionaries, novels, etc to the pupils as a way of motivating them for greatness. 

In her contribution, the Deputy Controller of AFED in the state, Lady Esther Nwachukwu who also doubles as the Chairman of the examination committee disclosed that the mock examination was put together by the National leadership of AFED which is tagged ‘Unified Mock Examination to help broaden the minds of the pupils and as well prepare them for the future. 

She recounted that only 24 private schools in the state registered for the mock exam and only 23 schools participated. And in line with the National leadership of the Association which stipulated that participating pupils should be graded on 60% and above score line and only 9 pupils scaled through at the first mock examination. And when second mock examination was conducted for the 9 pupils to ascertain the overall best, Master Ibekwe Goodness of Scripture Union school in Owerri Municipal came first while Uzodinma Chiemela of the same Scripture Union school emerged second position.Johnson Gill of Royal Heritage Christian School Ikenegbu followed suit. Lady Esther Nwachukwu disclosed that the name and passport of the pupil that emerged first at the mock examination has been forwarded to the national leadership of AFED in Abuja as they directed. 

In his response on behalf of others, the pupil that came First, Master Goodness Ibekwe thanked AFED for their benevolence towards them.He  prayed for God to continue to bless the association and all those that made the event a success. 

The Association gave cash award to the three pupils to support their education in their various schools alongside gift items they earlier received from the Headmistress and proprietor of Royal Heritage Christian school.