The Lagos State Examinations Board, in conjunction with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, conducted placement test for 160,000 primary school pupils on Saturday, July 27 at 386 designated centres across the six education districts in the State.
The placement test involved 120,000 Public and 40,000 Approved Private Primary Six Pupils transiting into the State Junior Secondary Schools (JSS1) for 2019 / 2020 academic session.
According to the Director, Lagos State Examinations Board, Dr. Oluwafemi Hassan, who monitored the conduct of the examination at some centres in Agege and Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Areas, the Board has recorded a tremendous increase in the registration of pupils and great improvement in the conduct of the examinations on a yearly basis.
He said in spite of the increased number of pupils that registered for the examination compared to previous years, the State government was able to take care of the large numbers by making necessary provision for adequate facilities and conducive environment for the conduct of the test.
Hassan declared that government’s commitment to improving the quality of education in the State has attracted the interest of parents who are willing to register their children and wards in public schools.
He maintained that due to the improved standards more parents are now inclined to sending their children to public schools, stressing that the recent on-the-spot assessment carried out in some schools by the present administration shows its commitment to the sector.
In his contributions, the Executive Secretary of Orile Agege Local Council Development, Honourable Olalekan Majiyagbe said he was impressed with the large turnout of the pupils, saying “I am satisfied with what I saw here today. This showed that the government is committed to the development of education which is the bedrock of nation-building”.
He, however, urged the government to sustain the tempo by improving the welfare of the teachers and organising adequate training for them.