No fewer than 8550 Primary Six pupils over the weekend sat for the year 2020 Paper Pencil Test (PPT) Entrance Examination (Screening Test) into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools in 55 centres across the state.
The pupils were tested in two subjects; English Studies and Mathematics.
The centres monitored by government officials and journalists were Vetland Senior Grammar school, Ifako -Ijaye and State Junior High School, Oyewole.
Answering questions from the Journalists on the conduct of examination, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education stated that the exercise was smooth and hitch free in all centres.
She added that the turnout was very impressive.
The HC also informed that the pupils are not writing examination but being screened. The reason is that Model Colleges are for unique and intelligent pupils.
On this note, she revealed that only limited space is available for Admission. She enjoined the pupils to do their best because year 2020 admission into Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools would be strictly on merit. Adding that only pupils who performed excellently would be offered admission.
Adefisayo stressed further that Paper Pencil Testing Version for this year might be the last one to be conducted because the State Government is doing everything possible to conduct the next year examination through the use of Computer Based Testing (CBT).
Lagos State Government wants to integrate to driven Technology. As a result of this, Education has been in the front burner of government THEMES i.e. Education and Technology.
“The Governor Babajde Olusola Sanwo-Olu led administration has placed a premium on Education Sector. Noting that a sizeable budget has been earmarked for education to address the Issue of infrastructural deficiency and to get new set of Computers, scanners in our Public Schools,” she noted.
The HC advised parents / guardians to expose their children / wards to the use of technology, adding that there are different educational application that would enhance innovation, creativity and talents.
She also admonished the parents to acquaint their children with the use of Computer as it would boost the e-learning.
In his remarks, the Director, Lagos State Examinations Board, Mr Supo Gbadegesin opined that the Board as an examining body is doing its best towards achieving the set target goal and ensure that the dream of conducting the Screening Test into Lagos State Model Colleges through Computer Based Testing come to pass.