By Emmanuel Edukugho
Lexington Group of schools at Mebamu, Okokomaiko, Lagos seemed to be holding their own among others, producing excellent results in public examinations within just a few years of existence.
“We are growing steadily in our academic works. Although there is no primary six examination any more to determine the scores of primary six pupils because of the basic nine system. We monitor our pupils’ performance in technical and state model schools,” declared Bass Musa, Chairman/Proprietor Lexington Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools.

Speaking at the Graduation/prize Giving Day Ceremony of all the schools in the main campus recently, he disclosed that a pupil of primary five, named Adegboyega came first among sixty (60) selected pupils in Lagos State in the examinations conducted.

Also two of the primary five pupils who participated in the Unilever (Omo) contest in Agbara, won prizes. They are Masters John Matthew and Iyere Victor, coming out first and second respectively.

According to the proprietor, in the secondary school section, six SS3 students who sat for WAEC passed their papers with four of them having seven (7) credits including English and Mathematics, required for admission into the University.

“Our JSS3 result which was released on Friday, 21st August 2009 was excellent. One of our students, Uzoma Ugochukwu  Michael scored nine (9) As and was regarded as one of the best in the state,” adding, “ some of these achievements were recorded as a result of good teaching and human management.”

He appealed to the parents to assist in guiding their children and wards, because, “charity begins at home.”
Musa explained that the schools had come this far with these excellent results because of the belief in collaborative efforts as a team that adds value to the institution and not emphasis on individualism.

“Having worked as a team, you must remember that working together precedes winning together. Each person is to bring something to the table that will add value to the team. There is to be no competition that will hurt the team, rather, we need people to complement one another. Each team member should be supportive of one another rather than be suspicious of team mates.”

He pointed out that parents are supposed to be members of this quartet to ensure that the race is won: “Parents should report vices of their children or wards to the school so that joint effort will be mustered to solve them.”

The proprietor noted that PTA meetings are not well attended and urged parents to always show up at meetings where issues affecting the school and their children are discussed and solutions found. He frowned at the practice of some parents who bring in their children from other schools to start in higher classes after defaulting in paying school fees. Also, he mentioned some cases of parents who want their children to be given double promotion because they claim such children are very brilliant.

The principal of the secondary school, Mr. Chris Eboh, said the event is the 2nd graduation ceremony of the senior secondary students.

“We are not only graduating the senior students. Children in Kindergarten are graduating into Nursery, those in Nursery moving into primary, pupils in primary going into secondary, and JSS3 moving into SS1. We had 100% result in WAEC, Junior and senior,” he said.

There were cultural dances performed by pupils and students in Edo, Igbo and Yoruba to the admiration of parents and guests, choreography by primary and secondary students, fashion parade (Miss and Master Lexington).

The climax of the ceremony were the farewell song rendered by primary five pupils, valedictory speech and the prize giving and award of certificates to deserving students who excelled in character and learning.

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