BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
Lagos — Lagos State Government has said no underage pupil would henceforth be eligible for admission into any public secondary schools in the state without completing primary six.
Meantime, a standing committee to harmonise the school calendar, curriculum and time- table for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (Junior Senior Secondary JSS111) of public and private schools in the state would be set up soon.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, who disclosed, weekend during a stakeholders’ session with school proprietors, affirmed that the era of admitting underage children into secondary schools in the state was over.
Oladunjoye explained that the need to align the school calendar, curriculum and time- table of public schools with that of private schools became necessary in order to standardise the process.
According to her: “Henceforth no pupil will be eligible for admission into any secondary schools in the state without completing primary six; the era of admitting underage pupils into secondary schools in the state has gone.”
She also advised parents and guardians as a matter of fact to converse in their native language with their children and wards at home, stressing, “it is by so doing that our mother-tongue will not only be promoted but would be spoken effortlessly by the children.”