The Lagos state government has denied reports making the round especially on social media concerning minimum age for admission into junior secondary schools in the state.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Office of the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo no decision has been made on the issue yet.
The commissioner said the issue, which is still under review in the Ministry of Education, has been a matter of great concern to the present administration.
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Adefisayo disclosed further that subsequent meetings were also scheduled with various categories of 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, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), among others.
Noting that the meetings had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the commissioner averred that the state government will involve all stakeholders in the rigorous process of implementing the National Policy on Education in the State.
Adefisayo, however, pointed out that education is not only cognitive and that other aspects must also be given due attention and consideration in order to produce youths who will be able to function effectively in the 21st Century.
The Commissioner also stressed the importance of not putting the cart before the horse, saying “As mentioned, we have outlined concerns on this matter and all issues raised will be discussed and due process will be followed before implementation.