World Bank rates Lagos students’ academic performance high

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The World Bank says public secondary schools in Lagos have improved exceedingly in academics within 2009-2013 more than the proposed appraisal target.

According to a report from the World Bank, 90 per cent of the schools which participated in the Lagos Eko Secondary Education Project (LESEP) have shown high level of performance.

It noted that the project recorded a remarkable achievement with highly satisfactory improvements in the West African Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) in 2012.

“June 2012 was regarded as the litmus test for the project as the first cohort of senior secondary school year three students under the LESEP sat for the externally administered WASSCE.

“The results indicated that 38.53 per cent of students obtained five credits and above including English and Mathematics as against 10.41 per cent at baseline in 2008. A few schools even achieved 100 per cent pass rate in the 2012 WASSCE,’’ it said.

The report further said that 100 per cent of the students were given grants, including 11 schools, having students with special needs – physical and learning disability using bank electronic transfer.

The Nigeria State Education Programme Investment Project (SEPIP) was yet to be effective.

This project, which included beneficiaries like Anambra, Bauchi, Ekiti and Edo state, was also aimed at supporting and improving the quality of education of the participating states.

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