The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahya, on Saturday advised students to remain focused on their studies so as to chart a bright future for themselves.
The GOC gave the advice in a message to the graduation of 267 students of Command Secondary School Kaduna.
Yahya, represented by Brig. Gen. Lander Saraso, said as future leaders, the students must sustain their commitment to hard work in and out of school.
He added that hard work and good character would help them to be better and successful in life.
“I am convinced that the success of the graduants was also as a result of the school’s commitments to duty.
“I therefore urge the graduants to sustain and keep up to the efforts by the school management to attain greater heights in their future endeavors.
“I wish to commend the parents for being partners in progress and for keeping faith with the school to the extent of entrusting the future leaders to be molded in character and academy.
“I am also informed that the 2019 West African Examination Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate and National Examination Council (NECO) was completed with zero tolerance to all forms of examination malpractice.”
The GOC, stressed that the Nigerian Army would continue to intervene and address the challenges identified in the school to enhance teaching and learning.
Earlier, the Commandant of the School, Col. Solomon Inuwa, said the school had strived to provide enabling environment for teaching and learning to flourish.
He added that analysis of the 2018 May/June WAEC examinations written by the school showed that out of 251 candidates who sat for the exams, 111 students recorded five credits including Mathematics and English.
Similarly, 182 students recorded five credits including mathematics and English, in NECO, representing 72.5 percent, he said.
“While the performance is commendable, there is room for improvement, and this informed our commitment to providing the enabling environment for academic activities to thrive.
“The current state of discipline is also commendable and we are committed to grooming the new generation of change makers that will be used to tackle the ugly trend we are facing in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, former Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, stressed the need for the school not to compromise its strict principles in building the character of the students.
He said there were 40 proven principles of character which cut across cultures and religions, which if upheld, would guide one to live a peaceful and successful life.
“These characters are expected to be seen or exhibited by students and other people in their environment, and they include honour, discipline, respect, generosity and many others.
“When we have youths who are of good character, we will have an upright society that will be devoid of crisis and deviant attitude.
“The school is composed of different languages and religion, they have learned together and shared so many experiences, with the change in perception they have had while studying in the school towards uncalled behaviors and characters, we will have a society that will succeed”, Omeiri said.
He advised students to desist from abusing the internet in engaging in crimes such as joining bad groups.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the graduants consisted of 131 Science students, 95 Art students and 38 Commercial students whom the best out of them were presented with awards.