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Ghanian Varsity Offers $40,000 Scholarship to JAMB Highest Score Candidate, Ekene



Latest: Ghanian Varsity Offers $40,000 Scholarship to JAMB Highest Score Candidate, Ekene

Academic City College, a private university in Accra, Ghana, has offered scholarship worth $40,000 to Ekene Franklin Ezeunala, the candidate who scored 347 – the highest score – in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The College Senior Admissions Manager (Nigeria), Mrs Ogechi Ekpe, said on the sidelines of a workshop organised by the institution for schools and parents at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, at the weekend that the scholarship would cover tuition and boarding for the duration of his programme at the university.

“We have a full scholarship for Ekene. He was supposed to be here today (Friday) but we did not talk about the scholarship today because he was not here. We were to present a scholarship of $40,000 to the boy from year one till he graduates,” she said.

When asked how Ekene would be informed about the scholarship since he was not at the event, Mrs Ekpe said: “We were hoping he would be here today so our President can give him the award. The school is here now.  We have to go there and see if we can either take him to Ghana or get our President to come again and give him the scholarship. The scholarship is for real.  It is called the Presidential Scholarship so the school pays everything including the hostel fees.”

Ekene, who turns 15 today (Monday), is below 16, the minimum age benchmark to gain admission into his preferred choice – the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), also stipulates 16 years as the minimum age for candidates to take the examination during the admission year they apply.  However many private varsities in Nigeria accept students who are less than 16.

Mrs. Ekpe said that Academic City College, which offers programmes in Engineering, Business, Communication Arts and Information Technology, accepts students from 15 years of age because it has system in place to monitor them.

She said: “That is why we want him there.  Nigerian schools won’t give him admission but we will.  We start admitting from 15 which is why we have a very visible Dean of Students’ Affairs. We make sure that they go to class, especially foreign students.  You cannot be in the hostel during learning hours.  Dean Ruth, that is her name, she normally goes round.

“There are parents that pay for their kids to be off campus but all international students must be on campus because we don’t want them to have immigration issues; we don’t want them to go off track and start doing drugs. We actually insist that in the first year at least they must be on campus.”

The Ghanaian institution became the second institution to announce a full scholarship to Ekene, who just completed his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at Meiran Community Senior High School, Meiran, Lagos.

The first was Gregory University, Uturu in Abia State.

Earlier: We’re Not Responsible if Candidate With JAMB Highest Score Doesn’t Get Admission by Choice Varsity – JAMB

We’re Not to Be Blame if Candidate With JAMB Highest Score Doesn’t Get Admission

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it should not be blamed that the University of Lagos’ age stipulation may disallow 2019 UTME top scorer, Ezeunala Franklin, from getting admitted.

The 15-year-old boy who scored 347 in the 2019 exercise had picked UNILAG as his first choice, which has 16 years as its minimum age for admission. The board said on Sunday that university regulations on admission were sacrosanct and could not be flouted by the board or by candidates.

It was noted in its weekly bulletin that while it was commendable that Franklin emerged the best, his “emergence should not be an excuse to flout the rules.”

The board said, “Universities all over the world define their rules on admissions and other requirements that would enable them give their best to the public. The board should not be blamed for the age stipulation as it stated explicitly in its integrated Brochure and Syllabus System.

“The responsibility of reading the instructions should not be that of the board but of the candidates and the public. “The board notes with dismay the pressure for it to shift the goalpost in the middle of the game by some sections of the public.

It is quite commendable that Franklin emerged the best but his emergence should not be an excuse to flout the rules as other institutions whose rules differ could give him a place.”

Earlier: Candidate With JAMB Highest Score Calls for Use of Local Languages in Teaching Maths

Ekene Franklin, the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) top scorer has called on the Federal Government to amend the method of teaching mathematics so as to benefit students and make them successful.

Ekene Franklin

Franklin said mathematics and science subjects should be taught in local languages which students could easily understand. This, he said would bring out the genius in the learners.

Franklin who scored 347 marks said in an interview with Daily Trust that students should learn mathematics by memorising steps and formula. The inability to learn by heart, he said tended to develop the fear of mathematics.

“Mathematics should be taught informally; we must put aside this formal method of teaching maths to make it appealing to many. In China, they learn maths using their language, and I think that has really helped them. There are a lot of geniuses, but mathematics becomes difficult to learn because of the technicality of the way it is being taught,” he said.

Commenting on his admission complication, Franklin expressed sadness over the age limit policy which denied him admission. He, however, said he would not hesitate to wait till next year when he attained 16 years, the traditional age for admission, to enroll in university.

Earlier: Why Candidate With 2019 JAMB Highest Score May Not Be Offered Admission By His Preferred School

15-year-old Ekene Franklin, who broke the record with the highest score of 347 of 400 in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), with English (78), Mathematics (91), Physics (86) and Chemistry (92), may not get admission into his preferred University of Lagos (UNILAG), on account of his age.

Ekene Franklin

There is a law that puts a limit on the age by which a student can start his/her academic journey in any public University in Nigeria. According to the law, the ‘standard’ and official age for admission into public University is Sixteen(16). The admission seeker is expected to be sixteen by the 1st of October in the year of admission if not all hope of securing admission will be a mirage.

There are many justifications for this Law both from academics and counsellors. The summary of which is that most of the under-16 brilliant students are not ’emotionally mature’ to withstand the multi-tasking that tertiary education demands. Another reason is that they are still impressionable and may be easily influenced by the antics of the adults in tertiary institutions.

For this reason, Franklin might not be offered admission for his dream course at the University of Lagos, come the beginning of a new session except he is 16 by then.

Earlier: JAMB Candidate With 4th Highest Score Gets Scholarship from Hon. Tunde Olatunji

Kamarudeen Ridwan, a student of the Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo, Osun State was the overall 4th best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), with 319 marks.

Kamarudeen Ridwan

Report has it that Ridwan Kamarudeen who aspires to be a medical doctor got a scholarship to the higher institution from members of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Tunde Olatunji, representing Ife North State Constituency as part of activities marking the lawmaker’s Birthday.

Earlier: Lagos State Congratulates Candidate With JAMB Highest Score in 2019 UTME

An SS3 pupil of Meiran Community Secondary School, Meiran, an SS3 pupil of Meiran Community Secondary School, Meiran, has been congratulated by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye, for having the best score in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ezeunala Ekene Franklin

Ezeunala Ekene Franklin scored 347 in the examination. A breakdown of the result showed that he had 78 in English, 91 in Mathematics, 86 in Physics and 92 in Chemistry.

Mrs. Adekanye, In a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Adesegun Ogundeji, said she was not surprised at Franklin’s performance, saying he had won many laurels representing the state in competitions.

The 15-year old came first in the Zonal final of 2018 NNPC National Quiz competition. He proceeded and represented the South West at the National finals in Abuja.

Franklin was to lead the Lagos team to 2018 Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientist (JETS) competition last December but when it was rescheduled, he had to be dropped to enable him to concentrate on his WASSCE.

Mrs. Adekanye expressed joy that a new team of SS2 pupils eventually won the competition. A feat she ascribed to the qualitative education that the State has been providing, she also commended other public school pupils who also had high scores in the 2019 UTME – like Ihejeamatu Anthony of Festac Senior Grammar School who scored 327; AbdulLateef Adeyemi of Government Senior College, Ajara (295) and Tadese Fafai and AbdulWaheed Adegbite both of Abibat Mogaji Millennium Secondary School, Agege (291 and 271).

Earlier: JAMB Highest Score and Overall Best Candidate Announced in 2019 UTME: See Best Scores

Following the release and official announcement of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination Results by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) the identities of the highest scorers in the examination has been revealed. The names of the candidates were made known by JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyode.

According to JAMB Boss, 15 year old Ekene Franklin from Abia State emerged the highest with UTME score of 347. The JAMB Registrar however stated that the young boy will not be admitted by his school of choice; UNILAG due to the fact that he is not up to 16 years of age.

The 2nd highest score was from 16 year old Igban Emmanuel Chidiebube, also from Abia State with UTME Score of 346. while 17 year old Oluwo Isaac Olamilekan Oloyode from Osun State came 3rd with UTME Score of 345. Oloyode however did not reveal the the intended courses of the best performing students.

To check your 2019 UTME Result, CLICK HERE.

Earlier: JAMB Highest Scores in 2018 UTME Announced

Contrary to the earlier reports that Ape Moses had the highest score in the 2018 UTME, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced Galadima Zakari, a candidate who sat for the exam in Ogun State as the best candidate and not Moses Ape from Benue State.

However, Ape Moses happens to be the highest among candidates in Benue State and the entire North Central region of the country but Galadima Zakari has the overall highest score in 2018 UTME.

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Further information revealed that Moses Ape is not even among the top four candidates in the 2018 UTME.

According to JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the top four candidates are: Galadima Zakari with 364, Adekunle Jesufemi from Ogun State who sat for his examination in Abeokuta with 358, Alikah Oseghale from Edo State who sat for the examination in Ekpoma and scored 357, and Ademola Adetola from Ogun State who sat for the examination in Lagos and scored 355.

Akinyemi Paul from Ogun State, Ape Moses from Benue State, and Obi-Obuoha Abiamamela from River State all came fifth with a tie score of 354.

Dr Fabian urged individuals and organizations who want to use JAMB’s data for research purposes to always contact the exam body for up to date information so as not to misinform the public.

Meet Another Student of Shepherd International College Who Scored 351

Following the release of JAMB 2018 results, we noticed the highest UTME score of 311 at the time shown below. According to media reports, another JAMB candidate has emerged with the highest score so far. His name is Esan Ibukunoluwa Caleb, from the Shepherd International College, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Esan, who is a 17-year-old student sat for English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and scored 78, 91, 97 and 85 respectively, obtaining a total score of 351.

An announcement by the school on Saturday showed that his JAMB number is 85346758FD and his examination centre was Ekiti State University ICT centre. Esan hopes to study Computer Science in the university.

Congratulations to the brilliant lad.

Candidates who are yet to check their JAMB 2018 results should see the procedure for checking UTME results on JAMB portal.

Meet Another UTME Candidate That Scored 311

Aliyu Muhammad Sani Kaugama, a UTME candidate from Jigawa State has so far emerged the candidate with highest score in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

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Kaugama finished his secondary school education from the Academy for the Gifted and Talented Bamaina School in Jigawa. According to reports, he scored 311 in the 2018 UTME.

Mansur Ahmed, a media aide to the former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, shared the story of Kaugama’s academic feat on Facebook in Hausa.

This is what Mansur wrote in English: “The candidate who got the highest JAMB scores comes from Jigawa. Aliyu Muhammad Sani Kaugama is the candidate with the highest JAMB scores so far this year. The brilliant student of Academy for the gifted and talented Bamaina school scored 311 in the matriculation exams that was sat last week.

“There have been calls lately to the Governor Jigawa State Mohammed Badaru Abubakar to sponsor this young brilliant guy to study abroad so as to reach his maximum potential.” He said.

We wish him all the best.

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