UTME: 15-year-old candidate breaks record, scores 99 in Mathematics

A 15-year-old student of Bishop Otubelu Juniorate, Trans Ekulu, Enugu, Lotanna Azuokeke has broken a record by scoring 99 marks in Mathematics in the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

According to a statement by Dr Chiwuike Uba, the Media Adviser to the Bishop of the Diocese of Nike (Anglican Communion), founder of the school, the brilliant boy also scored a total of 337 marks in the examination

Uba added that Azuokeke, a native of Ọba in Idemmili South LGA of Anambra State scored 88 marks in chemistry, 86 in physics, and 64 in the English Language.

He said Azuokeke applied to study electrical/electronic engineering at his choice of institution, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

Uba said: “Azụokeke broke the record that set by Chidera Obi who scored 329 marks to emerge overall best, five years ago

“Report shows that Azuokeke applied to study Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.”

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made provision for candidates living with disabilities writing the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Ibadan Zonal Director of JAMB, Mrs Olajumoke Adeleke made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.

She said: “I believe that there is provision for them in the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo Town.

“The number of hours for sitting for UTME is two hours, but for the physically challenged, we always give them time to write their examination. There is extra time for them.”

Adeleke added that technical glitches being experienced in centres had been resolved almost immediately and no candidate would be left unattended to.

NAN reports that during UTME registration, special centres were created for people living with disabilities in Oyo, Ekiti and Lagos for the South-West Zone.