The 15-year-old, Ekele Franklin, from Imo State who was earlier reported to have emerged as the best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, released on Saturday cannot gain admission into any Nigerian University despite having highest score of 347 marks.
This was made known by Professor Ishaq Oloyode, Registrar of JAMB. “The best candidate may not be admitted to the University of Lagos, which he chose as his first choice because of age” He said
Franklin emerged as the best in the list of over 1.8m candidates but following the National Universities Commission (NUC) minimum age rule for admission into the university which public universities don’t compromise, he stands disqualified to register as a student of the University of Lagos, his first choice school.
The second best candidate with 346 marks – 16-year-old Emmanuel Chidiebube is from Abia State, while 17-year-old Oluwo Isaac Olamilekan Oloyode from Osun State came third with 345 marks.