The best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Ekene Franklin has emerged the winner of the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) and was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Gifted Child.
During his decoration alongside some other participants across South West by International Academy, Franklin made it know known that he was not surprised with his outstanding performance even as he expressed concern over Nigeria’s school curriculum
“I feel great to be honoured and despite my good performance. I still consider it as a challenge when compared with some of the students that took part in the examination from China and the United States.
“I would have loved to be better prepared before I sat for the exam, because majority of the questions I answered were not in line with normal mathemetics in my school.
“The curriculum for AMC exam is different from what we are exposed to in school and of more high standard, but I took part in the exam becase I love mathematics,” Fraklin stated.
Reacting to the development, the Principal Consultant for IA GIFTED, the organiser of the competition, Prof. Adewale Solarin, stated that for those who think Franklin’s performance in UTME was because the exam was multiple choices, AMC has once again confirmed his ability.
Solarin explained that the idea behind the exam was to prepare Nigeria students to compete favourably with their peers all over the world.
“We have been coordinating AMC exams for nearly a decade now while Kangaroo Sans Frontiers joined three years ago. The examination is for all students in private and public primary and secondary schools,” Solarin stated.
Speaking on the benefits of participating in the exam, the National Coordinator for the Academy, Fabowale Oyebola said aside from being decorated with medals, certificates presentation, “Students stand to gain a lot when seeking admission overseas”.
All they need to do is to upload their score along with their CV. It enhances their chances of gaining admission.