The Gregory University Uturu in Abia state, says the institution has awarded scholarship to two highest scorers in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The university Chancellor, Chief Gregory Ibe, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Aba on Tuesday.
According to reports, 15-year-old Ekene Franklin, from Imo state and 16-year-old Emmanuel Chidiebube, from Abia state scored the highest and second highest with 347 and 346 respectively in the examination.
However, the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said that Franklin would not be offered admission for being under-aged.
“I have already granted them scholarship by directing my management to go ahead and admit them as soon as their families bring them because what we are modestly doing in our university is to promote excellence.
“And the way we look at things is that there are different levels and types of intelligence. You call it gift to a driver who drives for many years without accident.
“There are gifted people with intelligence that can dance and there are those gifted with intelligence to be outspoken persons and there are people that excel in what their peers don’t excel in.
“That is the intelligence we unravel, because today assumed or forced intelligence has always brought backwardness so students go to school and come out but they are unable to find their talent. So, whenever I see a child with intelligence, I will just promote that,” Ibe stated.
Ibe said Nigeria needs to review its educational policies in order to benefit every Nigerian with the desire to be educated.
He expressed hope that the National Council on Education would address these issues and change obnoxious rules to ensure flow with the tide in the current artificial intelligence age.
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