Best of English Competition

The BEST OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETITION is designed to improve the performance of students in the subject. It was born out of the necessity to tackle the challenges that many Nigerian students face in English Language as a subject at the secondary school level as well in future/ higher levels of education. The fact is that, like Mathematics, English Language is a compulsory subject and one that is critical to the learners’ transition to higher institutions.

Unfortunately, the reality is that many students perform poorly in the subject due to various factors, some of which are beyond their control. Every year, examination bodies such as the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) come out with uninspiring and unsatisfactory reports at the end of every exam season when the results of these exams are compiled and documented.

Apart from being the language of education, English is our National Language. It is the language used in the business world, especially in the corporate environment and it is a language with global reckoning and acceptance. Introducing a project such as the BEST OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETITION (BOE) is thus a way of creating an affinity between Nigerians and a language that is an indelible part of our everyday lives as a people.

Purpose

A lot needs to be done within the dominant educational system to address the declining state of English language and this intervention, that is THE BEST OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETITION, will not only improve the students’ written and oral skills but also offer a complementary, novel and exciting way to read, learn, sit for the tests involved and earn rewards and honours at the end of the day.

Objectives

  • To develop and integrate the use of reading, comprehension and writing skills
  • To address and intervene in the declining quality of spoken English in Nigeria
  • To help students overcome problems associated with the English Language in national examinations such as the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the National Examination Council (NECO) and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
  • To encourage extensive and intensive reading on the part of participants, thereby addressing the poor reading culture in the country
  • To motivate teachers to upgrade and enhance their skills and knowledge in English Language
  • To inspire schools to teach the language more effectively in terms of employing qualified teachers

Competition Structure

First stage: Online Examination

  • Schools are required to select the four (4) most outstanding English students to represent them
  • Two students each from JSS 2 and SSS 2 will sit for the first stage online examination
  • The competition comprising test of English in objective questions, essay writing and comprehension will be first held online to determine the top qualifying students from each state

Second Stage: Written Examination

  • Two students with the highest scores in each state (one from the Junior Category and one from the Senior Category) will automatically qualify to represent their states and participate in the second stage of the competition
  • We shall conduct written tests at the following six centres: Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kano and Benin City. Seventy-four (74) students from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory are expected to write the second stage examination

 

Prize Giving Ceremony

  • An award ceremony will hold in Abuja for the top 20 qualifying students – 10 students from the Junior Category and 10 from the Senior Category
  • Prizes will be won by the outstanding students
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