Lagos Commissioner kicks against against early secondary school for under-age children
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has advised parents to resist the urge to send children to secondary school before they could complete six years of primary education stipulated by the National Policy on Education (NPE).
Mrs. Adefisayo made the remarks while speaking during an interactive session with educators and visitors at the 2021 Total School Support Exhibition (TOSSE) held at the Ten Degrees event centre, Oregun, in Lagos.
The commissioner also warned secondary school proprietors and principals against admitting children who have not completed primary six.
Speaking, Adefisayo said: “As principal of a secondary school, I never admitted a child without primary six report card.
“But I want to appeal to secondary schools too especially private secondary schools stop taking underage children because it even undermines your school because it takes them long to settle down they don’t really.
“They may be brilliant but I have hardly seen anyone who kept it up till SS3 because they are so young.”
She said further: “Schools have to let parents know if a child comes in at eight he is going to be like 13 or 14 in SS3.
“Do you really want a fourteen year-old in the university?
“A child who cannot make decisions in a free environment free for all where you know the people there are much older than them you don’t want your 13, 14 years old in an environment of 20-year old who in turn will force them to do things they do not want to do.
“So I think it is a campaign that we all have to work on together. We are working on that to bring back Primary six.”
The Education Commissioner also threatened sanctions against schools that admit underage children because the national policy on education is clear on it that children from so-so age to so-so age should be in primary school.
Others on the list of panellists include the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District IV, Mr. Olajide Charles, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District VI, Mrs. Okelola Oludara, and Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District II, Mrs. Anike Adekanye.
The rest are Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki Ayeni, Executive Secretary, LASTVEB, Mrs. Moronke Azeez, Permanent Board Member LSUBEB, Mrs. Sijuade Idowu-Tiamiyu, and Senior Special Assistant, STEAM, Mrs. Adetola Salau.