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Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Freddyjimoh: 6:59am On Apr 07, 2020
Lagos pegs entry age into JSS1 at 12 years
...Says violators will pay fines, including closure of school


The Lagos State Government will from the next academic session enforce the entry age of 12 years for pupils seeking admission into junior secondary school (JSS1) to check the registration of under-aged kids.

Also, a fine of N50,000 for first offenders, N100,000 for second offenders as well as warning letters to close the school in case of further violation.

In a circular to Concerned Parents, dated March 17th, 2020, their state government said the new policy will be enforced in public and private schools to enhance compliance in the 2021 academic session.

The circular signed by Mrs. A.A. Adebowale on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education acknowledged the myriad of disadvantaged embedded in the admission of under-aged children into junior secondary schools.

She said based on the stand of the State Policy on Education, the commissioner for education has directed that the admission of children into either public or private junior secondary schools be pegged at 12 years and this would be strictly enforced by agencies of education in the state.

The ministry asked that the current policy on education should be made available online for all stakeholders to have easy access in either soft or hard copy.

The circular stressed that sensitisation and advocacy drive of both registered and non-registered associations of private schools, parents forum, and other related educational bodies should be adopted, through mass media, filers, market place campaign, mosques, churches and town hall meetings would be carried out.

According to the memo, a meeting involving presidents and secretaries of private school associations would be organised by the ministry to enable the education commissioner to solicit their cooperation for the enforcement of the policy.

The curriculum department and office of quality assurance according to the memo were mandated to monitor compliance by schools, adding ” there should be sanctions for any schools that register under-aged pupils to both primary and public secondary schools.”

The new policy emphasised that examinations board and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would ensure that under-aged pupils are neither allowed registration nor participation in placement test into JSS 1 and model college screening.

”Screening exercise for the transition from primary school to junior secondary school should be strictly adhered to as stated in section 3, sub-section 61, page 22 of Lagos State policy on education.”

The Convener of Bring Back Primary Six Class into Nigerian School System, Mrs. Didelou Adekogbe, confirmed the new policy shift and state that it would be started from the next academic session.

”Henceforth pupils entering JSS1 must be 12 years old. The implication is that they must leave primary school at 11 years. It would no longer be possible for pupils in primary four or five to jump to JSS1.

”Before the implementation, we intend to meet with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED) and key stakeholders to sensitise them on the policy. The breach is more from the private schools and we need to carry them along.”

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/lagos-pegs-entry-age-into-jss1-at-12-years/

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Pious101: 7:14am On Apr 07, 2020
Na wa o...that means they re expected to finish secondary school at 18 years of age when even at 16 some are already in level 1 or 2 in higher institution.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Nobody: 7:24am On Apr 07, 2020
So that they will graduate and not have the opportunity to work in multinationals like KPMG, Accenture etc. Wicked human beings

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by TheMohican(m): 7:28am On Apr 07, 2020
You will still see some Igbo people entering school at 10 years old

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by goldenboyofpsy(m): 7:56am On Apr 07, 2020
Just like a boss ahead of his contemporaries.
Lagos is waking up to address the emotional and social deficiencies of this rush where children don't mature before moving to the next stage of academic ladder.

It's a giant stride and I appreciate their concerns. Maturity is key and it will help us to challenge the pains,stress and headaches parents and lecturers face in school dealing with such immature lads.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by StPete: 7:59am On Apr 07, 2020
Finishing at age 18, get jambed 2, 3 or even 5 times before entry into higher institution, then finally graduate at age 30 (inclusive of ASUU strike school disruptions and what not), after nysc, you're 32 and past the age of entry level recruitment. What a funny country

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by yers6: 8:01am On Apr 07, 2020
I swear!!!!!!!! This is the best policy in education sector in recent years. Was still discussing this very crucial issue with woman days ago!!!!

Imagine a scenario whereby some new generation 'sophisticated' parents wants their wards in JSS 1 at the age of 7, 8, 9 or 10 and by the time the kid is 16 or 17, would already be done with university! And then by 19 would be done with nysc and then start working. And for those in majority, may not get a good job at that stage and so, life problems start hitting them with so much frustration which they were not fully prepared or grounded to face and then they resort to drugs, prostitution and other dangerous vices just to keep face or survive!

And there is where the challenge starts. Because they are still teenagers with the enormous mantle of grown adult's headaches, they become so directionless in life especially because most Nigerian men don't intend to settle down maritally or even take life very serious till they are 30 years and above. FACT!

Come to clubs on the island and you would weep for the new generations our so called enlightened and cosmopolitan parents are now raising. You would see young girls of 15, 16 from mostly Christian and Religious higher institutions of learning like Covenant, Babcock (the Babcock lady giving head last year in the viral video comes to mind here), Redeemers, Mountain Top, Caleb, Unilag, Leads, Alkhima, Afe Babalola, etc, flooding some of the most exquisite, expensive and classy night clubs on the island, in Owerri, Benin, PH, Abuja every and every weekend!

Or why do you think new exquisite clubs are opening up every other day in Lagos and those cities mentioned? High rate of slay queens everywhere? Or astronomical numbers of mamalawos on IG? Or the fact that weed, codeine, and other 'get high' drugs are recording the craziest sales ever? Its beyond just the fact there are big boys ready to spend but simply because the young and willing underage girls from the higher institutions of learning abounds massively like the sands in the ocean. You see young girls at age 17, 18, 19 among them already having flapping and seriously sagged breasts**.

And you begin to wonder if they are not young girls from so called prestigious and religious universities where security was very tight, where morals were preached and impacted on all fronts, where their parents spend fortunes on them to be in so called best schools?

If you were one brought up in a strict home and responsible background and happen to see things as they are in those cities mentioned, you would weep bitterly.

Don't get get this submission wrong as this is not to generalise that all underaged kids in universities are bad or irresponsible. Far from it. Still a lot are well raised and doing remarkably well even after graduation. Because age at times doesn't translated to maturity. But the danger lies in having kids who are not raised well to fully absorb the crude shocks of life in the majority!

How can you explain so many 16 years olds in 400 level in universities but are already deeply enmeshed in drug abuse? Or the girls that have committed several abortions that they have lost counts? Or those who have been to 100's of exquisite clubs in and out of the country at age 16/17? Thats why you see so many childish comments on social media posts and forum especially on Nairaland in recent years and you begin to wonder, who are these so called young adults with terribly childish mentality? How can you then explain the highest numbers of young boys and girls committing suicides in recent years when we all know Nigerian rarely commit suicide? By time the damage has been seriously done on those boys and girls, you now see their mother's en masse in churches and other religious gatherings seriously praying and fasting for God to touch the soul of those already destroyed children.

We play and pray too much in this country!

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 8:03am On Apr 07, 2020
Loool

My kid bro is 12 and he is already in JS 3.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Gee001(f): 8:10am On Apr 07, 2020
Hmmm thank God it wasn't my time. 9 in jss1

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Anwons(m): 8:11am On Apr 07, 2020
Lagos always at the forefront, excellent move I must say. No matter how brilliant a child is, cognitive domain plays major role at the long run in the child's education in the future especially in senior secondary school. Normally, a child should be at the age 3 years before entry to nursery 1, 6 years at primary 1, then 12 years at JSS 1 but today, private schools no longer follows Nigeria's system of education because pupils now spent 5 years in primary schools instead of 6 due to their system of learning ahead of the pupils class curriculum.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Mrshape: 8:54am On Apr 07, 2020
Good now they will be forced to include primary six,

And also they should make a law that who fail pass maths in his /her pry 6 exam should repeat the class

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by missimelda01(f): 9:08am On Apr 07, 2020
So 8years old in primary 6 would have to wait for 4 years before entering secondary school shocked

They should start this from the new set entering KG 1.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Tallesty1(m): 9:19am On Apr 07, 2020
missimelda01:
So 8years old in primary 6 would have to wait for 4 years before entering secondary school shocked

They should start this from the new set entering KG 1.
But why is an 8yrs old in primary six?

Parents these days will just give birth to kids, dress them like adults straight out of the belly then hand it over to the teachers and continue making money.

Kids no longer have time to be kids, adulthood is forced on them right from birth.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by SUPERPACK: 9:23am On Apr 07, 2020
missimelda01:
So 8years old in primary 6 would have to wait for 4 years before entering secondary school shocked

They should start this from the new set entering KG 1.
So the 8 year old started nursery 1 in the womb or what? Let him spend the four years any how he wants as punishment for jumping classes massively.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by missimelda01(f): 9:25am On Apr 07, 2020
Tallesty1:
But why is an 8yrs old in primary six?

Parents these days will just give birth to kids, dress them like adults straight out of the belly then hand it over to the teachers and continue making money.

Kids no longer have time to be kids, adulthood is forced on them right from birth.

grin grin grin
I don't know why Nigerian parents behave like this, my aunt is planning on changing her daughter's school because she said at 4 years old her girl was supposed to be in primary 1... I preached against it, but las las I have no say in the matter.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by missimelda01(f): 9:28am On Apr 07, 2020
SUPERPACK:
So the 8 year old started nursery 1 in the womb or what? Let him spend the four years any how he wants as punishment for jumping classes massively.
Punishment for a crime he/she didn't commit, the parents should be educated about things like this. Since the deed has already been done, they should be tested properly before entering sec school.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by SUPERPACK: 9:33am On Apr 07, 2020
missimelda01:

Punishment for a crime he/she didn't commit, the parents should be educated about things like this. Since the deed has already been done, they should be tested properly before entering sec school.
Agreed. The parents should serve the time.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Tallesty1(m): 9:36am On Apr 07, 2020
missimelda01:


grin grin grin
I don't know why Nigerian parents behave like this, my aunt is planning on changing her daughter's school because she said at 4 years old her girl was supposed to be in primary 1... I preached against it, but las las I have no say in the matter.

If you go to private schools and see the lifestyles of children there, especially those from rich homes, you will weep.


They do all manna of rubbish and some good ones will be looking at them like they're aliens. The society is messed up already, so parents need to spend time with their kids and teach things they should know.

This will help stabilize their source of moral guidance to a good extent but the opposite is the case.
Today's parents actually think making money available to kids is the best.


I know a woman here, she leaves home by 6am and returns by 10pm. The husband leaves by 7:30am and returns around 9:30pm. Sometimes he would go to pick the woman up and both of them will come home by 10pm.

Then they will spend like an hour praying God to bless, guide and direct their kids so they won't join bad company.


I called her one day and said to her "ma'am, a day spent with your child is more useful to the child than a year of prayer"


But the love money won't let her listen to reason.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by fatymore(f): 9:40am On Apr 07, 2020
12 is on the high side. 11 is still okay...


But all out elites would take their children to expensive schools that won't take to this new law.

The law is for the masses

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by RenaissanceGuy: 9:40am On Apr 07, 2020
missimelda01:
So 8years old in primary 6 would have to wait for 4 years before entering secondary school shocked

They should start this from the new set entering KG 1.
Why should an 8 year old be in primary 6 in the first place? He's not mature enough to handle the mental and emotional rigour of high school.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by missimelda01(f): 9:41am On Apr 07, 2020
RenaissanceGuy:
Why should an 8 year old be in primary 6 in the first place? He's not mature enough to handle the mental and emotional rigour of high school.

Haha you have no Idea, it varies for different kids.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by TemiGod(f): 9:42am On Apr 07, 2020
Shey 12 years old that some people are already in ss1

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by RenaissanceGuy: 9:48am On Apr 07, 2020
missimelda01:


Haha you have no Idea, it varies for different kids.
I agree maturity varies with kids, but 8/9 is a no for me. The least should be 11 and he/she finishes at 17.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by missimelda01(f): 10:03am On Apr 07, 2020
RenaissanceGuy:
I agree maturity varies with kids, but 8/9 is a no for me. The least should be 11 and he/she finishes at 17.

16/17 is perfect.. I'm sure Nigerian parents would still not hear word.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by OmoOAU(m): 10:09am On Apr 07, 2020
At that age, I was in ss1 but here am I, almost 18 and still struggling to enter the University, despite the fact that I never failed jamb�....... This is really bad because admission into universities isn't automatically guaranteed upon graduation.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Olamyyde(m): 10:43am On Apr 07, 2020
At that age, i was in ss2 grin
Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by farem: 10:43am On Apr 07, 2020
Pious101:
Na wa o...that means they re expected to finish secondary school at 18 years of age when [b]even at 16 [/b]some are already in level 1 or 2 in higher institution.

Wrong. 16 is the minimum age of admission into the universities in Nigeria, except its flouted

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by lahizak: 10:48am On Apr 07, 2020
Thats a very good move. If u are vigilant u will observe that most of the people failing in the university are either too young or too old. The ones graduating with the best result are between those age group except in some very small cases. The old ones is understandable but nowadays d people in the uni are just too young. I am a secondary school teacher and I av lot of students in jss 1 that are between the age of 8 and 9 and they are very dull compared to their classmate of age 12 or 13. Nowadays parent tend to rush their children.my younger sister is 15 in ss2 and she sat 4 jamb dis year. She got 181 and if she passed waec, she will be in 100l next year. I had to tell my mum to let her write another jamb next year so dat she can be more matured.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by tuna4servi(m): 10:56am On Apr 07, 2020
Okay
Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by kolafolabi(m): 10:56am On Apr 07, 2020
Nowadays you see a nine-year-old already in JS 1, I wonder if he or she enrolled into nursery school immediately he or she was born. Good news and move.

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Re: Lagos Pegs Entry Age Into JSS1 At 12 Years by Staphylococcus: 10:57am On Apr 07, 2020
Nice move.

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