By Oluwaseun Sonde
The Chief Executive Officer of Premium Steel & Mines Ltd, owner and operator of Delta Steel Company Technical High School (THS), Mr. Prasanta Mishra and Delta Steel Company Technical High School Old Students Association (THSOSA) has commended both the academic and non academic staffs of the school on its students academic excellence, most especially the graduating students outstanding performance.
Mishra, who made this commendation during his welcome address at the 30th Annual Speech/ Prize Giving Ceremony of Technical High School (THS) noted that the achievements could not have been possible without the right nurturing given to the students by the academic and non academic staffs.
“I commend the doggedness and total commitment of the staffs towards impartation of knowledge and all round academic exposure given to the students. The result of your endeavors is glaring showing today in the excellence performance of our students”, he said.
However, he admonished the graduating students to build their academic prowess on the great foundation that has been laid for them at THS.
Mishra also appreciated the Parent Group full support given for the complete renovation of the school facilities which was initiated by the visit of the Managing Director of the Group in April, 2019.
The Chairman, Mr. Anthony Edemivwaye, (JP), FCPA, FCMI, FNIM, in his speech heartily congratulated the graduation set while urging them to consider hardwork and dedication as the first step in achieving greater success in the future.
In addition, the National President of Delta Steel Company Technical High School Old Students Association (THSOSA), Engr Silvanus Omajuwa Ajuyah who also double as the distinguished Guest Speaker, Engr Silvanus Omajuwa Ajuyah stated that one of the greatest ‘assets’ to preserve is excellence.
He further advised the students and the staffs on maintaining the status quo.
According to Ajuyah, “success without continuous success in succession is failure in the waiting”.
In his speech, he addressed that the 21st century secondary education curriculum is anchored on acquisition of six fundamental skills.
“Ranging from mastery of fundamental core subjects essential for success; Development of critical thinking skills; Effective communication and collaboration skills;Acquisition of learning and innovation skills; Developing of information, media and technology skills to Life and career skills.
“The framework for Secondary School Education in Nigeria cannot and should not differ from the global framework for the 21st century if THS must compete for the future.
“It is a truism that the benchmark for assessment of education quality has global applicability. What is important especially for us in Nigeria is to strive towards attaining this global high standard, and this can be attained if critical stakeholders are committed to quality assurance, which also is a major ingredient of the 21st century education frame work”,he stated.
Also, Ajuyah noted that Delta Steel Company Technical High School was established by the Delta Steel Company Limited in October 1983 and over the year, the student population had risen astronomically to 1,649 (approximately 13 times what it was at inception).While a total of 5,125 students have graduated from 1989 to 2017 (based on number of students that sat for the Senior School Certificate Examination). The Steel Company has produced 8 chief executives from 1979 to 2005 prior to the post privatization era.
“In recent times, THSOSA has evolved as a critical stakeholder in the affairs of THS and acts as a pressure group and a ‘thermostat’ by galvanizing other critical stakeholders to ensure that the high standards the school is known for is maintained.
“As part of our contribution in giving back to the society we believe that by celebrating excellence, we aim to ensure that students and staff are adequately motivated to perform and maintain the academic excellence and discipline that is the defining hallmark THS has always been known for”, Ajuyah highlighted.
Within the last five years (2014 to date) the total direct investment from THSOSA to THS which covers the major areas previously enumerated stands at approximately 18 Million Naira. This implies that the old students association spends an average of 3.6Million Naira annually as investment in THS.