Students seeking transfer into public schools in Lagos State for the 2018/2019 academic session have on Monday written the screening test.
Recall that the state government had earlier called for applications from interested students seeking to be admitted into JSS2 and SS1.
The Lagos State Ministry of Education officials disclosed to EduCeleb.com that the examination was aimed at testing the applicants’ academic capabilities for the class they applied for in the state owned schools.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Adebunmi Adekanye led a monitoring team to assess the conduct of the test which took place simultaneously in all the Six Education Districts of the State.
She expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise and promised that the result would be released in good time to enable the successful students resume into their respective schools across the state at the beginning of the new academic session.
Mrs Adekanye, while fielding questions with journalists during the exercise opined that the crave for transfer to public schools was predicated on the improvement in the service delivery in public schools. This she noted was evident in the results of external examinations including national and international competitions.
According to her, the free education policy of the State Government has also been attracting more pupils and students into our public primary and secondary schools.
Also Speaking at the venue of the screening test at Immaculate Hearts Comprehensive Senior School, the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Education District II, Abayomi Ebenezer Olusanya said 1,346 students sat for the examination in the district, which has over 100 schools in the 3 local governments of Ikorodu, Shomolu and Kosofe.
He revealed that admission will be based on the student’s performance and the space available in schools for successful applicants.
Parents at the various Examination Centres who spoke with the pressmen were thankful for the conduct of the examination. They expressed gratitude to the government for making the exercise transparent and providing level playing ground for all interested students to compete for the available vacancies in public schools of their choice.
A student of Hossanah College, a Private School, Makinde Samuel, seeking admission into Senior Secondary Schools said he was seeking a change of school because the standard of education in public schools has tremendously improved coupled with the fact that parents could no longer afford the fees paid in the private school.