Lagos State has recorded an approximately 32% increase in pass rate for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the last one year.
The feat was achieved by students in government-owned schools.
It is described as ‘a by-product of government’s precise policies on education, appropriate intervention programmes, provision of conducive environment for teaching/learning as well as staff motivation and reward system.’
Increasing national productivity
Commenting on Lagos improvement from 39% to 71% in WASSCE, a Nigerian Lawmaker, Mr Taofeek Adaranijo says “the future looks brighter than ever “and emphasised the need for quality education to increase national productivity.
Mr Daranijo affirmed that Education remained the secret of developed nations of the world.
He was addressing the audience at the “Education District 1 2017 Awards and Honours Ceremony in Lagos.
“The developed economies of the world could not have achieved greatness without the great potentials of their education sector; education is an absolutely vital sector to the growth of any nation, hence, we must harness the sector to the maximum,” he explained.
The lawmaker commended the 5000 work force being honoured in Lagos State Education District 1, for its doggedness and resilience to achieve excellence.
“The sector you cover is a very important one in the development of any nation; education is the source of knowledge, without knowledge you cannot build anything, without it you cannot develop anything, without education you cannot discover anything, without it, we humans would not be different from animals, without it we could not have known our creator, therefore, I make bold to say that education is an instrument given to man from our creator, not only to discover or rediscover himself, but also to recognise his own essence and bring himself to civilisation,” Mr Adaranijo stated.
He is representing Agege Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Passion and drive
The Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Dr Olufolayimika Ayandele acknowledged the support and passion of the State’s Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule in the implementation of far reaching policy initiatives that had enhanced learning among students.
Dr Ayandele explained that motivational drive of critical stake holders in the sector enabled them give their best towards achieving sustainable success that parents and pupils in Lagos State owned public schools were benefiting from.
“The array of resourceful principals, dedicated teachers, support staff and over 130,000 hardworking students is here again to be rewarded and further motivated for better performance, today’s ceremony is designed to honour those who have distinguished themselves through a meticulous screening process and were adjudged to have made their marks in various cadres,” she reiterated.
The Tutor-General noted that the significant improvement of WASSCE results from 39% to 71% was a clear attestation that public schools were good for the children to attend and perform excellently under the watch of professionally qualified and competent workforce.
Four School Principals received awards in various categories while Vice Principals and many other officers were also honoured.
Awards were also given in school categories.