The Lagos state government has denied reports on the minimum age requirement for admission into Junior Secondary School, JSS 1.
In the report that went viral on social media, it was claimed that the state government had pegged the minimum age for admission into JSS 1 to be 12.
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 Nation reports.
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.
In her words,
“This is to affirm that the Ministry of Education has indeed received concerns from various stakeholders regarding this subject. As a consequence, meetings were held with various stakeholders with correspondence and minutes exchanged”.
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.