The Lagos State government will soon engage stakeholders on the proposed policy guidelines on the admission of underage pupils into junior secondary schools.
Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, disclosed this today, Thursday, April, 8 in a statement while reacting to widespread reports that the state has pegged the minimum age for admission at twelve.
“This is to affirm that the Education Ministry has indeed received concerns from various stakeholders regarding this subject. As a consequence, meetings were held with various stakeholders and correspondence and minutes exchanged”, Mrs Adefisayo said.
According to her, “no decision has been made and no circular has been put out for implementation. It is pertinent to state that the subject was already under review in the Education Ministry and has been a matter of great concern to the Administration”.
The statement further stated: “Furthermore, the expected years of schooling at each level of education are entrenched in the National Policy on Education.
“The adverse effects of non-completion of the Primary School Curriculum and being rushed into Junior Secondary School before physical, mental, emotional and social maturity of children is well-researched and documented”.
“Education is not only cognitive; other aspects must also be given due attention and consideration in order to produce a whole and functional youth who will be able to function effectively in the 21st Century”.
The Commissioner said that meetings already scheduled with stakeholders such as executives of private schools’ associations and parent bodies, Office of Education Quality Assurance, State Universal Basic Education Board, Lagos State Examination Board, ANCOPPS, NUT among others, which is in furtherance of the Administration’s spirit of inclusivity and wide consultation had to be postponed due to the exigencies of the State’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The meetings were proposed to enable the State Government solicit the cooperation and participation of all Stakeholders in the rigorous implementation of the National Policy on Education in the State.
“The Public is hereby assured that as soon as normalcy returns, these meetings will be held, and details of the State’s final position on the matter will be made available to all Stakeholders”.