Ghanaian student emerges best in Nigeria WASSCE

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A Ghanaian student living in Nigeria, Jonathan Nkansah was on Thursday presented with the overall best National Distinction Award of the West African Examination Council for 2019.

Nkansah did his primary and secondary schools in Nigeria schools.

A non-Council member representing Nigeria on Sub-Board of Trustees of the WAEC Endowment Fund, Godwin Uzoigwe presented the award to Mr Nkansah during the 58th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee of the council held in Awka, Anambra State.

He said that the best candidate had his nursery and primary education at Olumawu Nursery and Primary School, Abuja while his secondary school was at Christ the King College, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Jonathan is presently studying Petroleum Engineering at Covenant University, Ota , Ogun State.

Kenechukwu Emmanuel and Olaiya Oluwadara came second and third respectively in the WAEC award.

Uzoigwe said since the WAEC National Distinction/Merit awards began in 1985, two facts were of significant.

“Winners of the awards have always been high flyers whose academic excellence spanned their primary and secondary careers and who continued to blaze the trail in the best universities in Nigeria, Europe, America – the awards have thus confirmed the validity of WAEC assessment.

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“No school or class of schools has the monopoly of producing brilliant candidates as village/ community schools have, once in a while, produce award winners.

Professor Solomon Olorundare who spoke on behalf of the Chairman Nigeria National Committee, Mrs Binta Abdulkadir, said WAEC had taken advantage of ICT to improve its service delivery.

According to him, “The Nigerian office in particular has taken advantage of ICT to improve its service delivery.

“This includes the online registration of candidates for senior school and private candidates, the deployment of social code on the certificate thereby making it impossible to falsify certificates issued by the council, adaptation of computer-based test and Item Detection Profile to stop the menace of examination malpractice.

“Also the council in Nigeria has perfected its electronic management system and online portal being employed to enable private candidates to request for their certificates online.”

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