By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Last Saturday, the Lagos State Examination Board conducted a Paper Pencil Test (PPT) for 8,550 primary six pupils in 55 centres across the state.
The exercise is in continuation of the Year 2020 Entrance Examination (Screening Test) into Lagos State Model Colleges and upgraded Junior Secondary Schools in the metropolis.
According to the Director of the Lagos State Examinations Board, Mr Supo Gbadegesin, the agency is doing its best towards achieving its set targets.
He further said efforts are being made to ensure that the dream of conducting the screening test into Lagos State Model Colleges through Computer-Based Testing is achieved.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, who described the turnout as impressive, said the exercise was smooth and hitch-free in all the centres.
She emphasised that available slots for admission into the schools are limited and on merit, hence the pupils must put in their best to qualify in order to secure admission.
The Commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, informed that the pupils are not writing examination but are being screened based on their intelligence in order to determine those that are qualified for admission into Model Colleges.
She hinted that the Year 2020 Paper Pencil Testing version of the examination might be the last one to be conducted because the state government is doing everything possible to conduct all future tests into state model colleges and upgraded junior secondary schools in Lagos through Computer-Based Testing (CBT).
“The education sector is on the priority list of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration. As such, the state government is determined to incorporate technology into the school system, as well as address all the issue of infrastructural deficiency in public schools,” she said.
While imploring parents and guardians to expose their children or wards to the use of modern technology, she declared that there are many available educational applications that would enhance the pupils’ innovation, creativity and talent.
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