ABUJA: THE Lagos State Government said the contentious payment of N10 000 for the screening tests for admission of primary six pupils into Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools was necessary.
The government said the payment for the 2015/2016 academic session was not a new initiative but an old practice. It was reacting to objection raised against the fee by the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN).
The Ministry of Education, in a statement, said the payment for the screening test was meant for parents who desired to have their children and wards enrolled into Model Colleges/Upgraded Colleges with comfortable accommodation.
Placement tests into the 348 Junior Secondary Schools in the state were free, government stated. It emphasized further that the payment was purely an administrative fee usually charged for external examinations and not for the pilot Computer Based Testing (CBT) as alleged.
Government stressed that the CBT is a pilot scheme introduced to further enhance the screening process and optional for only candidates willing to participate in the pilot scheme.
The statement further stated that the regular Pencil Based Test (PBT), which is the usual pencil and computer answer sheet test, was however still available for candidates who did not wish to participate in the pilot CBT exercise.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY