Lagos State Government mandates secondary school entry minimum age to 12 years old
Lagos State government has stated that as from next academic session, the minimum age for pupils entering into any secondary school, both public and private would be 12 years old.
In a circular signed by Mrs. A.A Adebowale of the ministry of education released last month, the state government said a fine of N50,000 for first offenders and N100,000 fine for second offenders.
The circular read:
“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.”
Also, Mrs. Dideolu Adekogbe, the Convener of Bring Back Primary Six Class into Nigerian School System, confirmed the new policy shift.
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”Henceforth pupils entering JSS1 must be 12 years old.
The implication is that they must leave primary school at 11 years.
It would no longer be possible for pupils in primary four or five to jump to JSS1.
”Before the implementation, we intend to meet with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS),
Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED) and key stakeholders to sensitise them on the policy.
The breach is more from the private schools and we need to carry them along.”