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WAEC FAULTS CELEBRATION OF FALOKUN AS BEST CANDIDATE IN 2011 WASSCE

By NBF News
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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), yesterday punctured the celebration of 17-year-old Miss Tolulope Falokun by the Ondo State Government as the best candidate in the May/June 2011 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The examination body said Miss Falokun was neither the best candidate in West Africa, nor in Nigeria, insisting that WAEC best candidates for the sub region and the country had emerged and were honoured at the 60th Annual Council meeting in Abuja on March 27.

Daily Sun gathered that the management of WAEC was concerned over the issue and held a crucial meeting on how to tackle the declaration of Falokun as the best candidate in the 2011 WASSCE and would soon take some steps to end the controversy.

Ondo State Government had last week rolled out the drums to celebrate Miss Falokun, formerly of St. Louis Secondary School. She rode on the official vehicle of the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Remi Olatubora to the reception in her honour for making the state proud by scoring A1 in nine subjects . She was also awarded scholarship to study Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The school authority claimed in some media reports which was corroborated yesterday by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, that WAEC lauded the state on the emergence of Miss Falokun as the best candidate in the sub region and Nigeria in the 2011 WASSCE.

According to the reports, WAEC, through a letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and signed by Mr. Austin Aidokha on behalf of the Head of National Office (HNO) in Nigeria, described her performance as unique.