First October, 2021 was a day of joy that would forever remains fresh in the memory of 2020/2021 graduating Queens of great Queen Elizabeth College Ilorin as the ceremony also marked the 61st graduation ceremony of the college.
The Principal of the school, Hajia Sidikat Taye Lawal receiving the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo to the programme.
The 2020/2021 colourful graduation ceremony held under the peaceful atmosphere at the school assembly hall.
The ceremony was well attended by graduating Queens, parents, government functionaries, school principals, well-wishers and royal fathers among others.
The Olupo of Ajase-Ipo giving his royal blessings to the graduands during the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said it is heartwarming to note that the occasion added another epoch to the history of the school.
The guest speaker, Dr. Itohan Igudia present her paper at the event.
“I rejoice with the Principal, staffs, students and parents for the feat. I noted with satisfaction, the remarkable progress recorded in the school by the principal and her management team, I wish to put on record that effort of the school’s principal and entire staff is well noted and commendable”, she said.
The Principal of the school, Hajia Sidikat Taye Lawal making her speech during the occasion.
The permanent secretary who was represented at the programme by Director in the Ministry, Mrs. Modupe Adekanye congratulated the parents of graduating students for making the education and welfare of their children top priority.
The representstive of Permanent Secretary Ministry Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Modupe Adekanye delivering her boss good will message at the programme.
She also congratulated the graduands, enjoining them to be good ambassadors of their families, Queen school and Kwara at large, advising them to be more focus, hardworking and tolerant as they move on in life.
Centre, the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo presenting an award to the outgoing Head girls of the school, Kaosara Abdulmalik while the Principal, Hajia Sidikat Taye Lawal doing the introduction.
She however, commended the state government under the leadership of Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for providing conducive learning environment in the school across the state.
The outgone Head girls of the school, Kaosara Abdulmalik reading her farewell message during the ceremony.
In her fare well speech, the out going Head girls of the school, Miss. Abdulmalik Kaosara, said it was just like yesterday I was enrolled in the school as a young student.
“Today, I am standing before you to deliver my speech as the out going Head girls of the school. It wasn’t easy but with the help of my parents, teachers and friends, I was able to scale through.
“I use this medium to sincerely appreciate the school for giving me the opportunity to serve and I thank everyone who contributed to my success, assuring that their sacrifices will never be wasted”, she promised.
Addressing, the guest speaker, Dr. Itohan Igudia in her paper presented at the programme, titled “The Girls Education” said failure to train girl child is a national disaster, pointing out that the girls education is beyond enrolling girls in the school.
She appreciated 135 Queens that made it to the final level of secondary school of education, saying that the importance of education cannot be over emphasised as one of national development of any nation.
The guest speaker lamented that world wide over 132 million girls presently are not in the school, stressing that 34.3 million girls of primary school age are and 30 Million of lower school age while 67.4 million upper age were in school.
She said female can become a governor of the state, advising people not to use girls as instrument of sex, confirming that female education can reduces human trafficking.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Principal of the college, Hajia Sidikat Taye Lawal said it is rare privilege for both the graduands and teachers to be part of the celebration as I am proud to announce the impressive external results of products of the school.
She narrated that the the school was established in May, 1956 and many achievements have been achieved since the inception of the school, the school has never tired despite many challenges facing in mould students lives.
She stated that inspite of COVID-19 pandemic period the school recorded 75 percent in external examinations, disclosing that the school performed better with 95 percent pass in NECO.
She explained that the graduands will remember the great values planted and investment in outgoing Queens, appreciating the Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his passionate on the issues surrounding the school.
The principal said the serenity and the state of security of the college are manifestation of his good judgement, while appreciated the ministry of Education and Human Capital Development and Teaching Service Commission for being there for the school.
She however, thanked the members of old students association of the college for rendering tremendous support and assistance to the college, promising that Queen Elizabeth School will remain the desired idol.
“I thank parents and guardians who trusted us by putting their wards in our care. We will continue to make you proud of our products”, she added.