Sheikh Gummi Academy grad­u­ates ex­cel­lent stu­dents

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Mu­likatu Mukaila & Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

It was a scene of joy and glam­our at the Sheikh Abubakar Gummi Academy in Abuja last week­end where two out of the 50 grad­u­at­ing stu­dents were announced as top best in aca­demic per­for­mance.

At the grad­u­a­tion and prize giv­ing day, Fauziya Ya­haya, the out­go­ing head girl wrote her name in gold as she scored 286, way above the cut-off point for the Uni­fied Ter­tiary Ma­tric­u­la­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion (UTME). The sec­ond, Umar Farouk scored 280 point as well.

Chair­man of the school’s govern­ing body, Dr. Al- Mustapha Abubakar said the school has al­ways dis­played an award of ex­cel­lence since its es­tab­lish­ment de­spite the chal­lenges.

He added that the sig­nif­i­cance of the school is about groom­ing stu­dents in con­for­mi­ties of Is­lamic re­li­gion. “We teach the stu­dents both Is­lamic and Western Knowl­edge and at the end of the day, stu­dents are so flu­ent in Ara­bic lan­guage,” he said.

Dr Abubakar also ad­vised the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents to im­bibe and con­tinue with the teach­ings of the school adding that they should be stead­fast and be good cit­i­zens of the coun­try.

Com­mend­ing the stu­dents, the prin­ci­pal, Mal­lam Suleiman Garba said the ex­cel­lent per­for­mance of the stu­dents was a re­sult of hard work not­ing that they should con­tinue with the trend to ex­cel even when they move to a higher in­sti­tu­tion.

He said, “The stu­dents re­ally showed in­ter­est in read­ing as they were placed in a spe­cial coach­ing for about five months and rel­e­vant soft­ware to the ex­am­i­na­tion were also used to train them.

“None of our stu­dents made less than the cut-off point which is 175, and we have a lot of them that made up to 200 points. For us, this is the best record we have got,” he said.

Suleiman ad­vised the grad­u­ates to em­u­late a life of a role model adding that they shouldn’t for­get all the good skills their teach­ers have taught them about life.

“Wher­ever you go you should al­ways ex­hibit good char­ac­ter and show the em­blems of good prac­tice of Is­lam” he added.

Ms Ya­haya, the 15 year old and over­all best grad­u­at­ing stu­dents glo­ri­fied the Almighty for making her dream come true adding that her sleep­less night paid off.

“I read my eyes out while others were sleep­ing; and I thank God for every­thing,” she said.

She would love to study medicine at the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, Zaria to be­come a Med­i­cal doc­tor some­day.

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