Mother of Ekene Franklin Ezenala, the highest-scoring candidate in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2019, Mrs Chinelo Ezeunala has revealed that her son was promoted twice while in Primary school, hence, his ‘fast education’.
Concise News reports that Franklin, 15 emerged the candidate with the highest mark in the last UTME, as announced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Mrs Ezeunala, a Chemistry teacher at Hightree College, a private school at Berger, Lagos, says she was happy about her son’s feat as she discloses the reasons behind Ekene’s fast education.
The Chemistry graduate says her son had always shown brilliance in his education and as a result, skipped some classes in primary school.
“He started school early at two years plus because I was serving when I had him. He attended Philthel Primary School, Akoka. The school was owned by a professor teaching at the University of Lagos. But the woman is late now.
“In primary school, he was very bright so he was promoted twice that was why he is 14 years in SS3,” she says.
Mrs Ezeunala learnt of a scholarship offer by Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, from this reporter.
When asked if she would allow the boy to go, she said it would be discussed as a family. She said the family was not buoyant enough to afford private university fees if the offer was not a full scholarship. She said her husband was a retired staff of the defunct NITEL where he worked as a technician and had experienced hard luck in his efforts at running businesses.
She said: “We are not really well off and we cannot afford private university fees. If it is full scholarship, my opinion is ‘why not?’
The Uturu, Okigwe, Abia-based varsity, awarded scholarship to Ekene and Emmanuel Chidiebube 16, who scored 346.
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