Lagos State Government has said that it has introduced screening tests for its senior secondary school III students among other series of measures aimed at improving the performances of SS III students in the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye who disclosed this on Wednesday, 12th November, 2014, at a stakeholders’ meeting involving principals, parents, SSS III teachers and SSS III students themselves explained that a pass in the screening examination is a pre-requisite for them before they are allowed to write the mock and WAEC examinations.
Oladunjoye noted that henceforth SS III students in Lagos State are expected to attain 90 percent attendance in schools, obtain 50 percent pass in the screening test as well as 50 percent attendance of such a student’s parents at the Parents’ Forum before they could be registered for the 2015 West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Commissioner stressed the roles of parents in the education of their children hence she urged them to always ensure that the students are punctual at their schools as well as buy them all the necessary educational material such as syllabus and past question papers.
She also advocated the need for parents to always allow their wards to study and do their home work, assess and evaluate their work at home as well as allow them to attend the Saturday Coaching exercise that has been specifically designed for SS III students in the state.
“Let me stress that the education of our students is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders. All the measures government has put in place becomes imperative in order to allow those students who are ready and fully prepared to write the final examination and this will, we will have improved performance in our students’ WAEC results,” she said.
The Commissioner noted that government is expending so much on the capacity building of teachers for effective and efficient service delivery adding that as key stakeholders in the sector they need to be happy and passionate about their work for the overall benefits of the students.
Mrs. Oladunjoye advised teachers to inculcate the habit of finishing their syllabus as this will go a long way in assisting the students to perform better in the examination.
She posited that teachers can even invite their colleagues who are good in other subject areas to teach, mentor and inspire students for better performance adding that they should not only give assignments to the students but to ensure that such assignments are marked and corrected.
She stressed that explanation, evaluation, attendance and monitoring are valuable exercises that teachers must give attention to in order to improve output from the students.