Dayo Johnson Akure
ONDO State government was Monday lauded by the West Africa Examination Council WAEC following emergence of a 17year old indigene of the state, Miss Janet Tolulope Falokun as the overall best student in he 2011 Senior Secondary Certificate examination written by candidates from West African countries.
In a letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the state ministry of education and signed by Mr. Austin Aidokha on behalf of the Head of WAEC National office in Nigeria, the examination body described Falokun’s result as unique.
The Examination body said that another candidate, Mr. Chuks Ezike also scored distinctions (A1) in nine subjects with a T-score analysis of 712.0972 but that Falokun emerged the best with a T-analysis of 742.6992.
The State Commissioner for Education Hon Remi Olatubora, said at a special event in honour of Falokun at the her Alma Mata, Saint Louis Secondary School, Ondo.
Hon Olatubora described the achievement of Falokun as the justification and evidence of the Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration’s radical intervention in the education sector in the last three years.
The Commissioner noted that the development had also underscored the need for a massive investment in the sector which the present government had exhibited with the construction of modern public primary schools across the state.
“Tolulope Falokun’s brilliant performance is the first fruit of our huge and massive investment in the educational sector in the last three years. We are creating unparalleled conducive environment for our pupils and teachers.”
He explained that Tolulope, who had already been awarded scholarship to study law at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, would enjoy a special financial support from the state government for as long as she remained in the academic line.
The Commissioner said “apart from the full scholarship, the awardee will also benefit from the State’s Government’s annual Bursaries and Scholarships and other packages provided for Law students both at the University and the Law School by the State Government.
Hon Olatubora said the lady will be given N100,000 yearly throughout her university education and that the amount would be reviewed upward whenever she is ready for her post-graduate programme.
He described the event as a very important occasion designed to recognise the outstanding performance of the student who recorded A1 in all the nine subjects she offered in the examinations.
According to him Falokun also scored 290 in the year 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and emerged the second overall best student in the Post-UTME conducted by the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile –Ife with 336 marks.
The 17-year-old Falokun who commended her parents and teachers for encouraging her, attributed her brilliant performance to the grace of God, personal sacrifice and hard work.
She said “I work hard, I hardly socialize because I love reading a lot. Since I was in the boarding house throughout my stay in the school, I had a lot of time to read”