For this reason, any school that insist on clean dealing and zero-provision for sorting during major exams would scare most parents. She said one of her schools at Iriebe scares other non-WAEC secondary schools from bringing their candidates, just because they were not charged additional fees for ‘exam success’, a parlance for sorting to ensure students passed and passed with high grades.
The school’s insistence on zero-malpractice and zero-payment for sorting has scared away many schools, though she said it has brought good name to the school.
Another challenge ABEC group (Arch-Deacon Brown Educational Centre) is facing is the misconception that high fees alone guaranteed quality. She said most parents have the class-conscious virus that leads to bragging rights. “They want to brag that their children are studying in the highest fee-paying school of about N5m per session. They convince themselves that if the fees were moderate, their offering would never be equal, let alone higher that the highest fee-paying ones”.
ABEC, she declared, has produced students that beat their peers in the best universities around the world, including those now in the US Navy due to outstanding performances and those that are now on scholarship in the best universities due to high grades in their first and second degrees. She glorified the name of the lord for ABEC to clock 20 years with outstanding performances.
In a presentation to capture the 20 years so far, the Executive Director of ABEC, Ibim Semenitari, said the core values of the school built on hardwork, integrity, excellence and care for the next person (through giving back mechanism) have propelled the schools to high levels.
He recalled how 47 students posted distinction in Mathematics and how a blind student made As and Bs from SS2 and is now doing well in the university. The ABEC groups is always situated on vast compounds to allow children enough plating space because of the belief that play is part of education for a child.