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BREAKING: Lagos State Pegs Entry Age For Secondary School At 12.

The Lagos State Government has pegged entry age into all secondary schools (both public and private) in the state at 12 years beginning from the next academic session. The state government said it took the decision to check the influx of under-aged children into junior secondary school one (JSS1).

According to the state government, a first time offender will be fined ₦50,000 while a second time offender would pay ₦100,000 with a warning letter to close the school in case of a further violation.

In a circular to Concerned Parents, dated March 17th, 2020, the state government said the new policy will be enforced in public and private schools to enhance compliance in the 2021 academic session.

The circular which was signed by Mrs. A.A. Adebowale on behalf of the Permanent , Ministry of Education, Secretaryacknowledged the several disadvantages embedded in the admission of under-aged children into junior secondary schools.

According to Adebowale, based on the stand of the State Policy on Education, the commissioner for education has directed that the admission of children into either public or private junior secondary schools be pegged at 12 years and this would be strictly enforced by agencies of education in the state.

The circular also stressed the need for sensitisation by both registered and non-registered associations of private schools, parents forum, and other related educational bodies through mass media, fliers, market place campaign, mosques, churches and town hall meetings.

The circular also disclosed that a meeting involving presidents and secretaries of private school associations would be organised by the ministry to enable the education commissioner to solicit their cooperation for the enforcement of the policy.

The new policy emphasised that examinations board and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would ensure that under-aged pupils are neither allowed registration nor participation in placement test into JSS 1 and model college screening.

The circular states, "Screening exercise for the transition from primary school to junior secondary school should be strictly adhered to as stated in section 3, sub-section 61, page 22 of Lagos State policy on education."

Note: This news was gotten from a credible source (national daily newspaper).

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A.A. Adebowale Lagos State Ministry of Education


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