The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday in Akure called for introduction of capital market into the curriculum of secondary schools in the country.
Mrs Bukky Rufai, the Head, Operation Division, Lagos Zonal Office, made the call during the Commission’s 5th National Quiz Competition on Capital Market for Secondary Schools.
Rufai explained that the nationwide quiz competition was aimed at enlightening the students on the need to be introduced to the capital market early in life.
“Apart from the fact that we want schools to introduce capital market into their curriculum, we feel that the quiz competition will enable the students to study hard as well as stimulate their interest in the subject,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that six schools participated in the competition with Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure, winning the first place with 55 points, followed by Becky Parker High School, Akure, with 45 points.
The third position went to Saint Peter Unity School, also in Akure, with 30 points.
According to the zonal head of operation, the winner of the competition in Ondo state will lock horns with winners in the remaining five states in the South West in the competition that will hold in Ibadan on Friday.
Rufai, who said that zonal quiz competitions would hold simultaneously in the six geo-political zones of the country on Friday, added that prizes to be won range from I-Pads to laptops and desktop computers.
She advised students to take keen interest in learning about the capital market as they do with their other subjects, adding that “there are lots of opportunities in the subject, which include savings, investments, trading in shares and career opportunities.’’
Dr Akindele Ige, the Deputy Director, Secondary and Higher Education, Ondo State Ministry of Education, commended SEC for what he described as a laudable project.
Akindele, who said that the ministry was initially skeptical about the project, added that he was highly impressed with what he witnessed during the quiz competition.
The deputy director, who pointed out that government alone could not shoulder the responsibility of educating the young ones, called on other stakeholders to emulate the gesture of the SEC.
While congratulating Oyemekun Grammar School for winning the competition at the state level, Akindele urged the school representatives to work harder toward clinching the trophy at the zonal level as well as the grand finale.(NAN)