THE General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Obinna Ajunwa, says debate and quiz competitions are well-thought-out strategies to develop critical thinking in students.
Ajunwa asserted this at the 81 Division Nigerian Army second Inter-Command Army and other Secondary Schools quiz and debate competition held at the Nebo Hall, Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps, Ojuelegba, Lagos.
The competition, sponsored by the GOC, saw Command Day Secondary School (CDSS) Lagos, (Ipaja), in the Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA of Alimosho LGA coming first while Command Day Secondary School, Oshodi came second, and Command Day Secondary School, Ojo came third.
In his remarks, Major-General Ajunwa said that the best thing that one could give to a child was education, be it university education or craft, indicating that both education were complementary.
“The idea of this event is not to get a winner or loser but to make sure that we improve you in your studies, confidence level, and especially in your ability to think critically.
“Critical thinking is one of the first forms in which a system develops and you may be able to critic whatever somebody gives to you and not swallow it hook, line, and sinker,” he said.
Ajunwa equally added that it was important for students to know that education was not only done in the classroom but also outside the classroom.
“So, we must teach them to remain focused in that direction, that is why you have to bring them out for activities such as this, sports, among others.
“By so doing, they will have a complete education that is comprehensive and that is why this type of programmes are important.
“I believe in them because all of us are actually products of the same process and we will not allow the process to die,” Ajunwa added.
Muhammad Owolawi, an SSS 3 student of CDSS (Ipaja) said that such competitions had helped him to build his self-esteem.
Owolawi ascribed his ability to speak in public to his teachers and his colleagues, who encouraged him to be bold and always give his best.