The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Thursday honoured the best students in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with the presentation of prizes.

In the occasion of its 59th annual council meeting, a student of Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos, Morenike Yinka-Banjo, with No 4252067/039 came first. She scored A1 in her subjects and her total score is 606.3196.

Ayooluwa Adebowale of Emerald Laurel Comprehensive College, Ibadan came second. She also had A1 in all her subjects with a total score of 601.2198. Nwaozuzu Chinaza of Total Education Development Academy, while Eke-Owerri, Abia State came third. She also scored distinctions in all her subjects with a total score of 599.605.

The mother of the first prize winner, Dr Chika Yinka-Banjo, said in an interview with journalists that her daughter was unable to attend the event because she is presently studying Computational Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America.

She said the girl won 19 full scholarships abroad and had to choose one.

In the same vein, Adebowale and Nwaozuzu attributed their good performance to hard work and thanked their teachers, parents and God for given them the opportunity to excel.

The Chairman, Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, Mrs Binta Abdulkadir, said in her address that the best students in the 2020 WASSCE were all females, saying this showed that ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better.’

She said the council was exploring the opportunities in Information and Computer Technology to improve its services and to make it impossible for unscrupulous persons to falsify its certificates.

Abdukadir said despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and insecurity in the country, the council was able to conduct examinations, adding that the council was doing everything possible to curb examination malpractices.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who was represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Olawale Abdulmojeed, said his administration would continue to support every effort of the council to curb malpractices.

Makinde said, “I wish to assure you that my administration will support any initiative embarked upon by Council, which is aimed at improving its services and maintaining the integrity of the certificates it awards to candidates.

“I am aware that WAEC has continued to record landmark achievements, particularly taking advantage of developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). I must congratulate this committee and the management of the council on both your Internet-based innovations such as your result-checking and result verification facilities, registration platforms for both your school and private candidates’ examinations, the embossment of candidates’ photographs on their certificates in order to check impersonation.

In a related development, the Lagos State Government has honoured the 13 students in the state who performed excellently in 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, national and international competitions.

The competitions include Stockholm Water Competition, Physic Competition,  African Leadership Academy Competition and 2021 Oluwole Awokoya Chemistry Competition.

Two students of Vetland Senior Grammar School, Agege, Favour Abiodun and Taiwo Solana, who emerged as the best students in the 2020 WASSCE had 8 A’s and 7A’s respectively.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, who received the 13 students at the Ministry of Education Secretariat said the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had approved university scholarships for Abiodun and Solana.

It was revealed that they would get a sum of N200,000.00 yearly for their university education.

Cash prizes and tablets were also given to some others including  Marvelous Oladipupo a student of Government Technical College, Agidingbi, who represented the State at the African Leadership Academy competition and emerged as the ‘Best Critical Thinker’; Ebere Divine and Olajide Akorede of Vetland Senior Grammar School represented the State at the 2021 National Institute of Physics Competition both clinched the first position.


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