The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the names of 10 best candidates in the 2021 UTME. The JAMB boss, Prof Ishaq Oloyede made this known during his presentation at the 2021 admission policy meeting that was held this week.
According to him, Monwuba Chibuzor Chibuikem, a male, with registration number, 10054281ID, from Lagos State, topped the chart with a score of 358. He was closely followed by the duo of Qomarudeen Abdulwasiu Alabi from Osun State and Adeogun Kehinde Oreoluwa from Ogun State.
The fourth best candidate on the list is Ajayi Eberechukwu Isaiah, a male, scored 349. He hails from Lagos.
Okarike Favour Kenneth, female, takes the fifth slot. She is from Rivers State and scored 348.
The trio of Omonona Oluwamayokun Victor; Owoeye Israel Oluwatimilehin, and Ehizogie Jeffrey Aidelogie , all scored 347. They hail from Oyo State, Ekiti and Edo States respectively
Ajeigbe Moyinoluwa Samuel, male, hails from Ekiti State. He sat the examination in Kwara State and scored 346, and is ranked 9th.
Yakubu Abdulraheem Joshua, male, from Edo State, sat the examination in the same state and scored 343 to take the 10th slot.
Just like in the previous year, the 10 candidates automatically qualify for full scholarship from MTN.
Egoagwuagwu Agnes Maduafokwa, a student of Louisville Girls High School, is the most successful candidate of UTME 2020.
The brilliant girl had an aggregate score of 365 out of a total of 400 as she scored more than 80% in most of the subjects she sat for.
Egoagwuagwu hopes to study engineering in the university with the hope of using practical knowledge of mathematics to solve societal problems.
It is no doubt that Nigeria is highly blessed with brilliant minds. No wonder some people say the country has so much untapped human resources. Egoagwuagwu Agnes Maduafokwa is one of the beautiful minds the country is blessed with.
She is the candidate with the highest score in the 2020 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations otherwise known as Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Egoagwuagwu scored 365 out of 400. Insideschool Nigeria reports that she is the president of the maths club and the first assistant head girl of Louisville Girls High School, Ijebu-Itele in Ogun state.
She said she wants to study engineering at the university where she will be able to apply mathematical concepts to solve societal issues. A collage showing the brilliant girl and a UTME centre.
The brilliant girl is from Ihiala in Anambra state and she sat for the UTME exam on Saturday, March 14, at St Michael Otedola Education Centre in Epe, Lagos state. She had 72 in Use of English, 99 in Mathematics, 99 in Physics, and 95 in Chemistry.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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)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.