Nigerian students make history – The Sun Nigeria

By Gabriel Digue

Of them Nigerian students stood tall at the 70th Annual Meeting of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) recently when they came out first and third best in the School Certificate Examination of West Africa (WASSCE) of May/June 2021.

Isabella Chinasa Nweze and Godswill Izuchukwu Edeani, both 17, beat 2,243,773 other contestants from Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nweze came out best in West Africa and Nigeria, while Edeani ranked third in West Africa and second in Nigeria.

Nweze earned eight A’s in marketing, economics, civics, English language, general math, biology, chemistry and computer science. The alumnus of Lagoon School, Lekki, Lagos State, who wants to study Computer Science, scored a T-score of 606.8766 in eight subjects including General Mathematics and English Language.

Other accolades, accolades and prizes she has won include Best Student in Grades Four to Six; first position in the Spelling Bee, Lagoon School competition, and second in the Catch Them Young scholarship competition organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She was a semi-finalist in the Lagos STEM competition and achieved distinction in the Lagos State Basic Education Certificate Examination.

Nweze was overall the best student in JSS2 and JSS3; second best student overall in SS1, SS2 and SS3; Third position in the Girls in ICT Website Development Competition and Quarter Finalist in the National Olympiad, 2019/2020.

The second prize went to a Ghanaian, Brako Asante. He got eight A’s in social studies, English language, advanced math, general math, biology, chemistry, physics and integrated science and earned a T-score of 600.9987 in eight subjects, including general math and English language.

The 17-year-old is studying Computer Science at Ashesi University College, Accra, Ghana. He was an alumnus of the Presbyterian High School for Boys in Accra.

Edeani earned eight A’s in economics, civics, English language, advanced math, general math, biology, chemistry and animal husbandry. He had a T-score of 598.1588. The former student of Air Force Comprehensive School, Agbani, Enugu State is studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

Edeani became his school’s top grad student and the top 2021 Air Chief of Staff National Quiz and Debate.

Nweze said The education report: “I am happy to have made my school and my family proud. My hard work has paid off.”

She said her younger sister told her the good news and was confused at first, but later got excited.

Her mother, Oge, said: “I feel very happy. I didn’t see the award coming because I knew there were a lot of bright students in his class. She did well .”

Principal of Lagoon School, Mrs. Doreen Onyekwelu, said of Nweze: “Not only is she gifted for academics, but she is versatile in character and learning. This is the second time the school will produce the best in WASSCE. Simisola Agbaje, an alumnus, became the best in West Africa in 2009.

“The performance of our students has been wonderful with credits in all subjects. From SS1 we start to prepare our students with past questions and review. We encourage them to have the right spirit of performance in all circumstances.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who was present at the annual meeting, congratulated Nweze and Edeani for making the nation proud. Osinbajo also praised WAEC for its achievements over the past 70 years. He challenged the council to embrace technology to improve the speed of conducting exams, publishing results and tackling poor exam practice.

Others present included Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, Chairman, WAEC, Prof. Ato Essuman, Chief Government Candidate for the Council, Hajiya Binta Abdulkadir, Head of National Office, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan and Professor Ngozi. Osarenren. They also applauded the performance of Nweze and Edeani.

The Registrar, WAEC, Mr. Pateh Bah, said that 2,379,380 candidates sat for the board’s international examination; the figure was made up of 2,243,773 school applicants and 135,607 private applicants:

“The candidates included 1,191,867 men and 1,187,513 women. The total admissions figure in 2021 reflected an increase of 114,673 (or 5.06%) from the 2020 figure of 2,264,707. It also showed an increase of 28,315 (or 1.20%) from 2019 of 2,351,065.

“A country-by-country analysis of the total application showed that The Gambia registered 21,058 applicants (or 0.89%) made up of 16,235 school applicants and 4,823 private applicants. Ghana had 499,062 candidates (or 20.97%) including 446,359 school candidates and 52,703 private candidates.

“Liberia presented 46,268 candidates (or 1.94%), including 42,727 school candidates and 3,541 private candidates. Nigeria registered 1,633,858 candidates (i.e. 68.67%), including 1,573,857 school candidates and 60,001 private candidates. Sierra Leone obtained 179,134 candidates (or 7.53%) including 164,595 school candidates and 14,539 private candidates.

“The main national board exams were held for 1,061,919 candidates, of which The Gambia fielded 109,258 candidates (or 10.29%), Ghana 574,361 (or 54.09%), Liberia 84,243 (or 7.93%) and Sierra Leone 294,057 (or 27.69%).The council does not conduct national examinations in Nigeria.

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