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Ezeunala Ekene Franklin, JAMB Best-scoring candidate

Chinelo Ezeunala, the mother of Ekene Franklin Ezenala, the highest-scoring candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), 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).

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Ezeunala, a Chemistry teacher at Hightree College, a private school at Berger, Lagos, said she was happy about her son’s feat as she disclosed the reasons behind Ekene’s ‘fast education.’

The Chemistry graduate said 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,” she was quoted as saying.

“In primary school, he was very bright so he was promoted twice that was why he is 14 years in SS3.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Ezeunala learnt of a scholarship offer by Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State.

When asked if she would allow the boy to accept the offer, she said it would be discussed as a family.

She stated that the family was not buoyant enough to afford private university fees if the offer was not a full scholarship, adding that 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 a full scholarship, my opinion is ‘why not?’

The Abia-based institution offered to admit Ekene into their school (if UNILAG is not willing to).

Another perched candidate, Emmanuel Chidiebube, 16, who scored 346, was also offered admission by Gregory University.