Firm bestows 2015 Africa Top Schools Award on OIS

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

AFRICA Brands Review, an integrated marketing service company, has named Olashore International School (OIS), Osun State, as winner of “2015 Africa Top Schools Award (Platinum Category), as one of the top 10 schools in the country, and one of the best international schools in Africa.

The award, which came to light during the 17th valedictory ceremony of the school held recently, it was disclosed, stems from among other things, the school’s ratings in the 2014 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.

To arrive at this, the firm said it compared how secondary schools across the country performed, and thereafter rated the top 1, 000 schools. It was after this that it bestowed the award in June 2015 on OIS.

The events brochure of the Africa Top 1, 000 School Award is to be distributed to embassies of various Africa countries and libraries of institutions of higher learning and blue chip companies. Free copies are to be sent to all participating schools on the continent.

Speaking at the valedictory ceremony, Chairman, Board of Governors of the school, Prince Bimbo Olashore said, “Award are good. When we do things here, we don’t do them for the purpose of awards, but awards are a validation of some of the things we stand for. We believe in academic excellence and it is the bedrock of what the school stands for. About 99.8 per cent of our students get Credit level passes, while about 92 per cent get “A” and “B” grades. To us, this is already excellence. By the time we add other activities such as music, drama, discipline, leadership and the likes, we will be proud of ourselves.

“We didn’t apply for any award, they just wrote us a letter, and initially we were being skeptical, until they showed us results and proofs. So, we agreed with them at least it was from an official source. We emerged one of the best international schools in Africa, but before qualifying for this, we first qualified as one of the top 10 schools in Nigeria, where we were rated seventh. Being one of the top 10 schools amongst in the midst of about 11, 000 schools that write WASSCE, adds value to our certificates.”

The board of governors chair added, “This is our 17th valedictory service, meaning we’ve produced 17 sets of graduands, and we are so pleased that the ones that have left have stayed tuned to the motto of the school. They’ve left the school to leading schools in the world. Our students have competed with other students abroad. It is not just about going to the best schools, but it is also about what they become afterwards in their work place. Being above their peers is the manifestation. We are bringing up disciplined students, people that are upright with moral compass set towards the right direction, people who can take decisions that will move them forward”.

Principal of the school, Dereck Smith, who expressed elation at being “recognised as one of the top 10 schools in Nigeria,” added that this reminds us of our position and how academically successful we are.  We need to let everyone know that we do a lot in OIS, and this stands us out. So, if you want sustained academics and all round education, Olashore has it.”



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