LAGOS State governor, Babatunde Fashola, has said 21,193 out of the 51,604 students in the state public schools who sat for the 2013 May/June WAEC had credits in five subjects.
Fashola, who revealed this while speaking at a programme to commemorate the 2,300 days of his administration at the weekend, said that the five subjects included English Language and Mathematics.
He said the performance translated into 41.06 per cent pass rate, adding that it was an improvement on the 39 per cent recorded in 2012.
Fashola said that the performance showed that the various government interventions in education, especially the Secondary School EKO Project, paid off.
“It will be recalled that we started with a pass rate of seven per cent in 2007. One will appreciate how far we have come, to now record an over 41 per cent pass rate.
Similarly, the results of our 2013 JSS placement examination showed that more pupils are getting into our secondary schools as 95,255 candidates passed,” he said.
“This translates into 96 per cent pass rate and the number of candidates who passed almost doubled the 49,316 that we had in 2012. All of these are indeed good news for us and it only means that, as far as our children’s education is concerned, we are heading in the right direction,” he said.
Fashola, however, said that the government would not rest on its oars, as it would continue to give attention to schools’ infrastructure and other essentials to improve performance.
The governor appealed to stakeholders, especially proprietors of private schools, to co-operate with the state government in delivering qualitative education in the state.
He urged proprietors to adhere to approved curriculums and uphold other standards prescribed by government.
“I also use this occasion to appeal for the co-operation of all school proprietors towards achieving a unified school calendar for our state. We expect all our schools, whether government or privately owned, to open on the same day and close on the same day. There are many positive consequences for these- ranging from transportation, planning, career development and we hope they will show understanding and comply,” he said.
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