MISS Onitilo Deborah of New Chrisfield College, Ikorodu in Lagos has emerged overall winner of the 2018 Mike Okonkwo Nat-ional Essay Competition for Seconda-ry School students in Nigeria, scoring 63 per cent in the first round and 52 per cent in the second round of the competition to come first, reports Sam Eyoboka.
The second position goes to Miss Ashley Davidson of Vivian Fowler Me-morial College for Girls, Ikeja who scor-ed 62 per cent in the first round and 49 per cent in the second round. While, Master Esigbone Omagbemi Ferdinand of Roshallom International Secondary School, Lagos came third with a first round score of 60 per cent and 47 per cent in the second round.
The other winner is Miss Fagbemi Se-milore Ireoluwa of Roshallom Internat-ional School, Lagos.
According to the Chief Examiner, Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo; “after a painstak-ing scrutiny, we adjudged only four as suitable for invitation to the second stage of the competition, which is ba-sically a confirmatory procedure to ve-rify the integrity of the original submi-ssion.
“The entries for 2018 were charact-erized by the usual infractions such as confirmed incidences of plagiarism or direct lifting of materials from Internet repositories, copying from textbooks and other printed sources, proven ca-ses of collaboration among candidates and evidence that candidates might have received help from either of their teachers or parents.
Based on the above, Prof. Akachi mentioned that: “As the Internet and android phones have become basic in-frastructures of knowledge production and transmission, our children must now be made to understand that there are regulations concerning the extent to which they can claim materials domiciled in those spaces of learning.
“They need to be taught early enough how much they can extract from exist-ing materials without infringing on copyright rules. We recommend that rudimentary lessons on the rules of proper writing, how to acknowledge the materials consulted and the conse-quences of plagiarism should form part of the curriculum of senior secondary school,” she stressed.
Miss Onitilo Deborah will get a cheque of N100,000, a personal Laptop, a trophy, a plaque, while her school gets three sets of Computer and a printer.
Miss Ashley Davidson who came second will go home with a cheque of N75,000, a plaque and her school will get two sets of computer and a printer. For emerging the third place winner, Master Esigbone Omagbemi Ferdinand will go home with a cheque of N50,000, a plaque and his school gets a Computer set. Miss Fagbemi Semilore Ireoluwa gets a consolation price of N20,000 at Mike Okonkwo Annual Lect-ure, at Shell Hall Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos, on September 5, 2018.