Airtel Nigeria and education startup Pass.ng will today hold the maiden edition of the Pass.Ng Excellence Award 2015, organized by examination preparatory and e-testing platform, Pass.ng, to honour 10 outstanding students in the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) JAMB examination.

According to the organisers, the aim of the award is to promote and reward academic excellence among Nigerian students. The event will hold today Friday, December 4th at Sofitel hotel, The MoorHouse, in Ikoyi, Lagos.  

Chief Executive Officer of Pass.ng, Samson Abioye, said the award underscores the importance of excellence in education to national development.

“The excellence awards is geared towards rewarding our users who not only made us proud but did excellently well in this year’s UTME JAMB. This year, about 1.5 million students wrote UTME and a 100,000 of them used our platform to prepare for the exam. We are glad to say that over 60 per cent scored 200 and above. This is a remarkable achievement. We hope to increase this figure yearly.

“With the excellence award, we hope to encourage students to be committed towards hard work and diligence, especially in the pursuit of their careers. We believe the award will create a healthy competition among students and also reduce massive failure rate experienced yearly in the UTME exams.”