NEASC accreditation excites Corona
Corona Secondary School, Lagos, has become a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a non-profit association based in the United States and founded in 1885. The school is said to be the first in Nigeria and second in West Africa to become a member of the NEASC, a development that is exciting its management.
Last week Tuesday, the Corona Secondary Trustee Council, led by its chairman, Hon. Justice Bukunola Adebiyi, and the school’s CEO, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina, at a briefing, noted that the recognition had inspired the team to do more.
According to them, after providing quality education for many years, the entire Corona Schools has continued to blaze the trail in different areas of life. They noted that in the recently released 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, all the pupils made over 86 per cent in their results.
They added that it was not the first time the school would achieve such success. For instance, in 2013, it took part in a secondary school competition that involved different nationals. Corona was one of the three finalists, with the others including United World College, Singapore.
Adebiyi, who was one of the pioneer pupils of the school, was elated that the board supported the new course when it commenced.
“Initially, we were skeptical about the benefit but having looked at the history of that association, we saw it as an opportunity to challenge ourselves to be able to deliver world-class education. At each visit of the NEASC, they met us on ground as the Chairman of the Secondary School Board just to know how much support the board was given and how it was reacting to all the comments being made. The award will help in entrenching international standards.”
Also, the Principal, Corona Secondary School, Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola, said the NEAS accreditation was a journey that started four years ago.
“At the time I got to the secondary school, the process had started. To continue, we had to look at infrastructure, the curriculum, teaching and learning, safety, policies, the governance structure and our financial standing as well.
“We had a steering committee led by the Vice Principal, Pastoral,(Welfare), Mr. Paul Obah; and the Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ilobinso. The process continued and there was a series of visits. The major one was the Self Study visit where they put together six members from different parts of the world (from Turkey, China, UK, USA, Ghana and Tunisia) to come and look at all the areas and were with us for five days. They came with a wealth of experience. Following that visit they pointed to areas that needed improvement. And after the May visit, they gave us the accreditation in June,” Oluwadamilola said.
Adesina explained that the exercise was continual as there were post-accreditation and other visits that would follow.
She said, “We are not going to rest on our oars. The feat has helped us to look inward. I must note that Corona cares for its staff – their welfare and professional development. Corona is not owned by an individual; it is a trust. So, the ownership and organisation make it a very strong brand. We all have vested interest in it. The fact that it is a Trust makes all employees in Corona to be stakeholders and you have to put in your best because whatever you do you will see the result coming to you.”
In his speech, Corona Parents’ Representatives, Mr. Bolaji Okoya, said what endeared him to the school was its excellence.
“As parents we all want the best for our children We realise that we have to give them the best in this competitive world because you don’t want them to fall below the standard,” he said.
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