PFS 2021/22 EASTER TERM NEWSLETTER

PFS 2021/22 PENTECOST TERM NEWSLETTER

GRATITUDE

We are most grateful to God Almighty who made it possible for us to finish well in the 2021/2022 Academic Session. We thank God for His grace and mercy, may His name be praised forever, Amen. We particularly thank our supportive parents for being there for us.

The just concluded Academic Session recorded a series of interesting school programs,

This includes Community Day, Skills Acquisition, Colour, and Cultural Day.

During the Community Day program, we had a lecture on Security Consciousness, ably led by SP Olarewaju Odadele who encouraged and motivated the pupils to always cultivate an effective observance attitude. They were all impactful and successfully implemented. We appreciate all our parents for their immense support during these events.

  • NEW PUPILS

Again, we appreciate our dear parents who introduced new pupils and their families to the school. We pledge total commitment to ensuring that our pupils are exposed to modern teaching and learning practices.

  • UNIFORMS

Parents are encouraged to always keep their ward’s school uniforms clean and ironed at all times, and should endeavor to buy new uniforms as we resume school for the new Academic Session. The approved School footwear is a Black Shoe, PFS customized socks and a white canvas to be worn with the sportswear on Fridays. Our Tuesday wears remain the approved Ankara for the week with black sandals footwear (No high hills or canvas).

  • HAIR-DO

All pupils should adhere to all authorized hair-do as per school regulations and standards. Please be reminded that beads and attachments of all kinds for our girls and any punk haircut for our boys are strictly prohibited.

  • PAYMENT OF SCHOOL FEES

All required payments should be paid to the bank directly and school receipts collected for all teller or cheque transactions. A receipt will not be issued for any cash payment to the school office until bank authentication is received. The pupil’s name and class should be written in the depositor’s column/space of the bank teller. School fees can also be paid at Schools Account Department via the POS System with your ATM Card. School fees should be paid completely at the commencement of each term. All parents are encouraged to pay up school debts in order for the affected children not to be hindered from writing subsequent examinations.

  • DISCOUNT

Parents who introduce pupils to the school will be given a 20 percent discount on the tuition of their ward.

  • FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE

This is to bring to your notice that the LASG 2022 Placement Test/First School Leaving Certificate Examination will take place on the 16th of July 2022 Saturday. Pupils should come in their school uniforms by 7 am for the FSLC Exams.

CENTRE: Festac Senior Grammer School, 41 Road Festac Town.

  • P T A MEETING

The Parents Teachers Association meeting was held on Saturday, 2nd July 2022. The following were deliberated and decided upon:

    • Parents are to ensure that school fees are completely paid before the resumption of the Midterm Break.
    • Online Notes will soon take effect.
    • The Solar project is ongoing with full installations, as such, parents are to pay a minimum of ₦4000, which will be included in the 2nd term bills.
    • SAHO: Noncompliance with the school’s policies will attract a stay-at-home order (SAHO); and a sum of ₦1000.
  • COMMON ENTRANCE

The outcome of the External Common Entrance Examination and Potasfield College Entrance Examination recorded a success, as our pupil did meritoriously well. Meanwhile, the First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLC) date will be announced as soon as possible. We are leaving no stone on turned in preparing the children for a better result.

  • SUMMER LESSON

Summer lessons will commence from the 1st of August to the 30th of August, 2022. This will include academic and extra-curriculum activities such as indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, vocational skills, and games. Please note that during the summer classes, there will be no school transportation. For more inquiries, please contact the office.

FEES: PG – ₦10,000; other classes a flat rate of ₦12000.

DAYS: Monday – Thursday

TIME:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm please note that we also intend to use this period for REMEDIAL COACHING FOR OUR PUPILS Concerned.

CRECHE: We wish to inform our old and intending parents that the Crèche/ Daycare will be open from 15th July to 12Th September 2022(8 Weeks).

The hours of operation will be:

Normal:       7:30am – 2:00pm      =  ( ₦1,000.00 per day)

Extension:   7.30am – 6.00pm      =  ( ₦1,500.00 per day)

For more inquiries, please contact the office

  • POTASFIELD COLLEGE

We encourage parents to identify with our Secondary School by registering their wards/children into our Potasfield College. There are discounts available for the wards of our children and those introduced by our esteemed parents. We appreciate our parents who have consistently been partners in progress.

We will continue to say a big thank you, especially to those of our parents who have gone out of their way to publicize our school and are also introducing new parents who have subsequently enrolled their kids and children into our school. Please note that all Potasfield Foundation School pupils already given admission into Potasfield College have been granted an additional discount bringing down the ADMISSION FEES.

May the good Lord continue to bless you, Amen.

  • CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate all our Parents and Staff who put to bed during the term/session. We also congratulate all members of our staff, who had their weddings during the session. May God bless your homes.

  • RESUMPTION DATE

School resumes for Christmas term 2022/2023 on 12th September 2022. Attached is the Programme of Activities for the Christmas Term. Please kindly go through the schedule and ensure compliance. We will communicate changes if any when they come up.

The Christmas term fees can be paid into any branch of GT Bank.

NAME OF ACCOUNT:       POTASFIELD FOUNDATION SCHOOL

Bank:                                       GTBank

ACCOUNT NUMBER:         0130702536

School Fees are to be paid the first week of resumption directly to the bank. Please parents should endeavor to pay with the child’s name as the depositor. After payment has been made, the teller should be presented to the office for proper documentation.

Once again thank you for partnering with us to make the best out of our children.

On behalf of the Management and Staff of Potasfield Foundation School, we wish our dear parents a Wonderful Summer Holiday.

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS TERM CALENDAR 2022/2023 ACADEMIC SESSION

Remain blessed of the Lord.

Sited By

 Adebisi O. E. (PFSchools HeadTeacher)

 

PFC 2021/22 PENTECOST TERM NEWSLETTER

APPRECIATION: We are grateful to God for His Grace and Mercy that saw us through this term.

The Pentecost term which commenced on Monday, 25th April 2022 ended well on 15th July 2022.

We also want to use this medium to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Parents for their commitments throughout this academic session. May the good Lord reward your labour of love.

9th GRADUATION CEREMONY AND END OF SESSION ACTIVITIES: The College Graduation and End of Session Activities came up on 15th July 2022. We thank and also appreciate everyone that stood by us in Prayers, Moral and financial support that made it a success.

Our special thanks to those that sponsored some of the awards. We are indeed grateful.

 BECE / WAEC/ NECO: The BECE (Junior School Certificate Examination) was conducted from Wednesday 8th June –Wednesday 15th June 2022. WAEC Exams of the College started on Thursday 19th May and ended Thursday 23rd June 2022. This was followed by NECO Exams from Tuesday 5th July, ending Thursday 11th August 2022.

 INTERNAL EXAMS: The Internal Exams of the College were conducted from Monday 4th July to Wednesday, 13th July 2022.

We observed lots of improvement in the academic performance of our students including those that were placed on remedial during admission due to poor performance in the key subjects. Permit us to let you know that by the special Grace of God, we have observed that the moral standard of the students is maintaining an upward trend.

 2022/2023 COLLEGE ENTRANCE: The College Entrance into JSS 1 for the 2022/2023 Academic Session was done on Saturday 21st May 2022. Please note that the admission exercise is ongoing. The Entrance Forms are still available in the school office at the cost of #10,000.00 and exams can be conducted on the day of purchase of the form.

 We wish to remind you that incentive on your child’s /ward’s tuition fees for the introduction of new parents to our school is still on.

UNIFORM: Please, we re-emphasize that corporate black leather shoes to polish and plain white canvas including our customized socks are the approved school footwear. Also note that it is part of the School Rules and Regulations to purchase uniforms (be it top or down), Ankara, or community day T-shirts from the school. Uniforms made outside the school are regarded as mufti and will not be allowed. Students caught wearing such would be given a “STAY AT HOME ORDER” and will not be allowed back in school until there is full compliance.

 REMINDER

  • SCHOOL FEES PATTERN FOR EXTERNAL EXAMINATION CLASSES: As per our practice, we wish to sensitize the parents of our students in external examination classes about the mode of payment of fees for the next academic session (2022\2023) as shown on our 2022/23 Pentecost term bill. The payment pattern for fees is twice for the academic year and is as follows:
    • SS3
      • FIRST TERM: first term fees + books + WAEC Exam fee+ NECO fees+ 50% of third term fees
      • SECOND TERM: second term fees + 50% of third term fees
      • THIRD TERM: NO SCHOOL FEES EXCEPT GRADUATION FEES WHICH ARE TENTATIVELY ₦35, 000.00
    • JSS 3
      • FIRST TERM: first term fees+ books+ BECE (Junior WAEC fees) + 50% of third term fees
      • SECOND TERM: second term fees + 50% of the third term
      • THIRD TERM: NO SCHOOL FEES EXCEPT GRADUATION FEES WHICH ARE TENTATIVELY ₦30, 000.00
  • HAIRDO: The school’s hairstyle for boys remains brushed hair. The girls’ hair style recommended by the head girl has to be adhered to. Punk, galas, various line shapes, etc. are not permitted for boys. Beads, attachments, etc. are not allowed for girls. Each student must be decently and moderately dressed at all times.
  • BUS SERVICES: Please be informed that the school bus would not wait for more than 3 minutes at any home/pick-up location. This is because any delay will affect other students that utilize the school bus service and in turn affect the arrival of the bus which is 7.30 am. Therefore, we wish to appeal to our parents to prepare their wards/children in time as the school bus will no longer wait for students for more than the allotted time.
  • PARENTS TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION: The Meeting of Association was held on June 8th, 2022. It was agreed that 7,500.00 should be paid per annum per student and this would be included in the second term fees. At the meeting also, it was agreed that henceforth, parents will be carried along during the cultural day celebration of the college.

Equally, as discussed at the PTA Meeting, we maintain that parents should dress decently when coming to school so that the students cannot be confused but adhere to the dressing modalities of the school.

  • COMMUNITY DAY’S T-SHIRT/BLUE JEAN:  We hereby remind our dear parents/guardians that ripped/torn, patched, or crazy jeans are not acceptable on our community days.
  • BOARDING: We wish to inform you that our boarding facilities are still available for interested parents, Admission is on a first come first serve basis.
  • SUMMER ASSIGNMENT: Please note that summer assignment is available for all students in their class Whatsapp groups. The students are to do the assignments and submit them on the first day of resumption.
  • HOLIDAY COACHING: The College would be organizing Holiday Coaching normally called Summer Lesson. This will include vocational skills, Computer Training, Teaching, Educational Technology, and other varieties. It is paid before service for everyone.

The details are as follows;

DATE:          Monday 1st–Tuesday 30th August 2022 at the school

TIME: 9 am-1 pm

DAYS: Monday-Thursday

FEE:             15, 000.00 for PFC/PFS Students

OTHERS:       ₦15, 000.00

PAYMENT OF FEES:  All payments must be made to the bank directly and school receipts collected for any teller or cheque transaction. Receipts will not be issued for any cash payment to the school office until bank authentication is received. Cash payment is at the owner’s risk as the school will not be held responsible if payment is not duly reflected in the bank statement.

Teller/cheque numbers should be clearly stated on the receipt. Student’s names and class should be written in the depositor’s column/space of the bank teller. Kindly pay your child’s/ward’s fees on or before resumption day. All school fees should be paid into any Zenith Bank branch:

ACCOUNT NAME: Potasfield College.

ACCOUNT NO:     1013483345

RESUMPTION: The date of Christmas term resumption is Monday 12th September 2023.

We wish to acknowledge your immense contribution in bringing us this far in our pursuit of academic excellence. Your profound patronage cannot be over-emphasized. We are once again very grateful and wish you all a wonderful and peaceful holiday.

Remain blessed by the Lord.

Sited By

 Igbokwe T.C (Pfschools Principal)

PFS 2021/22 EASTER TERM NEWSLETTER

We thank God for His mercies and protection throughout the Easter Term. Our ability to weather the storms and challenges of the term has indeed been by the help and grace of God.  In spite of Covid-19, alongside other attendant issues including security and spiraling inflation in the country, we are glad to report that we have made progress both academically and spiritually. Likewise, we do appreciate you all for keeping faith with us throughout the Term.

This Easter term has been a wonderful term with academic, social, and cultural performances. The programs have impacted positively on the pupils. We pray that our children will continue to improve academically so as to become the best among their contemporaries both within and without our immediate environment.

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES:

COMMUNITY DAY: The Community Day was observed on the 22nd of March 2022. The Area E Police Command Festac Town represented by SP Olanrewaju Oladele gave the lecture. He spoke on SECURITY AWARENESS. He also fielded various questions from the pupils. The children benefited from the talk as they were enlightened on how to be safe and secure in our challenging environment.

PRACTICAL: The Upper Primary Department had practicals in various fields e.g.  Popcorn and fruit juice preparation, clay molding, and planting of crops. These activities exposed them to know how to be creative.  The Nursery Department carried out fruit day practicals. We appreciate parents for their support in helping the children with items for these practicals.

FRUITY DAYS: The introduction of fruit days has been a success. We want to appreciate our parents for complying with the requirements for Tuesdays and Thursdays when fruits are added to the meal for our children. We implore all parents who are yet to do so to kindly comply as the health benefits are enormous.

COLOUR DAY: Our Colour day was observed on February 14th, 2022. All Pupils and Staff wore red and blue attires. It was a very colorful and exciting day for all participants. Pupils and staff exchanged gifts. The activities of the day were to portray that Pupils should love Christ as Christ Loves us.

CULTURAL DAY: The School also observed her Cultural day on the 7th, of April 2022. Pupils were dressed in different cultural attires. There were also various displays of traditional dishes, cultural songs, and other cultural presentations. Prayers were said in the various indigenous languages. A talk titled “Our Cultural Values “was also delivered. We appreciate the facilitators who came to grace the occasion.  To our wonderful parents who took out time to prepare various Nigerian and African delicacies, we say a big Thank You.

PTA: The Parents Teachers Association meeting was held on March 26th, 2022.

Highlights include:

SCHOOL DEBT: The house encouraged parents to pay up all outstanding debts in order for the affected children not to be hindered from writing subsequent exams.

  • School Homework Organizer: It was further stressed that parents should always go through their Child’s School Homework Organizer.  This is very essential and becomes an additional medium for necessary information.
  • Hygiene and Cleanliness:  Parents are to keep up with high hygienic standards, ensuring cleanliness at all levels. In the same vein, pupils should be properly dressed in the recommended school uniform and attire for each day.
  • Sick Pupils: In as much as the school is working relentlessly to ensure that the pupils are in a conducive learning environment, it was resolved that parents should as well partner with the school as they take proper care of sick pupils; making sure they are well and healthy before coming to school.
  • PTA Levy & Account: The PTA account is operational.  Parents are to pay a stipulated PTA fee of ₦5000. This falls due to payment on the resumption of every second term.

FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE: The First School Leaving Certificate Registration ends on 30th April 2021. Parents should please note that any child who does not meet up with both the financial obligations and academic requirements will not be registered by the school. Parents should endeavor to pay up to avoid a late registration penalty.

FEDERAL COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: This is to bring to your notice that the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for the 2021/2022 Academic Session comes up on 23rd April 2022. Examination Centre: Festac Senior College, 24 Road, Festac Town. Time: 8.00am

POTASFIELD COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: Potasfield College Entrance Examination holds on 7th May 2022. All Basic VI pupils are to participate. Basic 5 pupils are also encouraged to participate so as to expose them to an external exam. Registration is still in progress and the entrance fee is ₦10, 000.00.

SATURDAY LESSON: The Saturday lesson continues on 15th May 2022. This will enable our pupils to continue adequate preparation for the FSLC.

DAYCARE/CRÈCHE: We wish to inform our parents that the Daycare Department will be open from 8th – 15th April 2022, and re-open on 19th -25th April 2022.

Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm.Interested Parents should contact the office.

TRANSPORTATION: We wish to inform our dear parents whose children and wards use School Bus Services that due to the runaway inflation, the management has reviewed transportation fares slightly upward.  Parents and guardians are reminded about the NO PAYMENT, NO TRANSPORTATION POLICY OF THE SCHOOL. For further clarification please contact the office.

GRADUATION: We want to use this medium to notify our parents as regards the End of Session Activities/Graduation Ceremony that normally comes up at the end of Pentecost Term (3rd Term) of each academic calendar.

Please as per our normal tradition for this program, our pupils are to pay as follows:

GRADUATING CLASSES: Nursery II: ₦17, 500.00, Basic VI:  ₦22, 500.00 Other Classes ₦6,000.00

Graduands are expected to dress in a black suit, sky blue shirt, and black bow tie for the boys, while the girls are to put on sky blue ball gowns.

FEES: We appreciate our Parents who have diligently endeavored to pay up the fees despite the harsh economic condition. God bless you real good. Please, we wish to inform our parents that due to the prevailing high rate of inflation (18%) officially in the country, the cost of running the school has increased substantially. In order to stay afloat and maintain our services, the school fees have been reviewed upward by 10%. We appeal that you bear with us and we assure you that we do not take your patronage for granted in these trying times. We really count on your goodwill.

The third term fees can be paid into any branch of GT Bank. Attached is a GT Bank Slip.

NAME OF ACCOUNT:       POTASFIELD FOUNDATION SCHOOL

Bank:                                       GTBank

ACCOUNT NO.:                    0130702536

The account name and number have been printed on them. School Fees are to be paid first week of resumption directly to the bank. Please parents should endeavor to pay with the child’s name as the depositor. After payment has been made, the teller should be presented to the office for proper documentation.

SCHOOL RESUMPTION: The school resumes on April 25th, 2022 for the Pentecost (Third) Term.

We thank you for your continuous patronage. Remain blessed and have a wonderful Easter celebration.

Sited By

 Adebisi O. E. (PFSchools HeadTeacher)

PFC 2021/22 EASTER TERM NEWSLETTER

GRATITUDE

We give God all the glory as of the Easter term which took off on the 10th of January 2022 and ended well on the 7th of April, 2022.

To the glory of God, students were exposed to academic as well as co-curricular activities within the school environment despite all the security challenges all over the environment compounded with the spiraling inflation pressures.

PROGRESS: The Easter Term Examinations were conducted between 25th March and 4th April 2022. We are glad to report that all went well and our children are increasing in knowledge academically, socially, spiritually, and morally.

COMMUNITY DAY: The College observed three Community Days this term. Each of which a resource person was invited to give a talk on the following;

  • ADOLESCENT CHALLENGES – PUBERTY
  • LIVING A LIFE WORTHY OF EMULATION (For Junior Students) & CAMPUS LIFE (For Out-Going SSS3 and other senior students)
  • SECURITY AWARENESS: Senior Officers of the Nigerian Police Force Area ’E Command’ Festac sensitized the students on the security challenges in society, the need to be sensible and conscious of the security issues as per their immediate environment and location. Students were equally taught some safety tips and how to protect themselves when facing security challenges.

CULTURAL DAY: Our Cultural Day was observed on Wednesday, 6th of April, 2022. The sports houses of the school to which students belong were translated into geographical zones of the country. It was indeed a great day for the students. Parents prepared the cultural food and dressed the children in the cultural attire of the Geopolitical Zone they found themselves in. It helped the students to acquire additional knowledge of the culture of other geopolitical zones they have been hearing about.

PTA: The PTA meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd February 2022 being the Open Day of the School as agreed by parents previously. The meeting started at 10:10 am and ended at 12:45 pm. The turnout was quite impressive as we recorded an attendance of 152 people.

 The highlights include;

  • PARENTAL INFLUENCE ON CAREER CHOICE: Parents were encouraged to allow their children to choose their career path under their guidance and that of the Lord God Almighty.
  • BUS DELAY: Bus will not stay more than two (2) minutes in each house.
  • LATE FOOD TO SCHOOL: Parents were encouraged to wake up early for adequate preparation to avoid bringing food to the school at odd times.
  • SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT: It was agreed during the PTA meeting that each student should pay ₦10,000.00 for the Solar Project to assist the school as requested. Those yet to comply were urged to do so.
  • SSS3 AND JSS3 EXTERNAL EXAMS CLASSES FEES PATTERN: Parents were reminded about the payment pattern of fees for students in external exam classes. External exams classes pay school fees twice as follows:
  • SSS 3 – FIRST TERM: First-term fees +books+ WAEC exams+50% of third term fees.

SECOND TERM: Second term fees +50% of third term fees

THIRD TERM: No school fees are to be paid except the graduation fee of ₦30,000.00 only.

  • JSS 3 – FIRST TERM: First-term fees +books +BECE (junior WAEC fee) +50% of third term fees

SECOND TERM: Second term fees +50% of third term fees

THIRD TERM: No school fees are to be paid except ₦20,000.00 for graduation is to be paid.

  • PTA ACCOUNT FUND: Deliberations and suggestions on how the PTA Account should be funded and how much should be paid by each parent were referred to the PTA Chairman and Executives to discuss and revert to the PTA.
  • UPLOADING NOTES ON-LINE: After much deliberations on the right time to upload notes online, for students to copy, it was agreed that notes will now be uploaded Friday mornings to enable parents to monitor properly what the children are doing during the weekend. Parents were equally advised to buy desktop rather than giving the children phones or laptops that aids them to visit unauthorized sites easily.

The next PTA comes up next term on the 8th of June, 2022 being the Open Day of the College.

END OF SESSION/GRADUATION CEREMONY: Please in keeping with our normal tradition, the payment for this year’s End of Session /Graduation activities that comes up on 21st July 2022 is as follows:

Graduating Students:     SS 3   –   ₦30,000.00        JSS 3 – ₦20,000.00          Non graduating students  – ₦7,000.00

2022/2023 COLLEGE ENTRANCE: The College Entrance Examination into JSSI-III & SSI-III for the 2022/2023 Academic Session comes up on Saturday, 7th of May 2022. The cost of the Entrance Form is Ten Thousand Naira only (₦10,000.00).

Time:    9.00 am prompt.

Venue:  Potasfield College Hall.

Parents should please note that the agreed discount on tuition for the introduction of a new Parent/Student into the College is still on. Please we rely on you for the publicity of the College.

For enquires, contact the Admission Office, Potasfield Organization.

FEES: We appreciate our Parents who have diligently endeavored to pay up the fees despite the harsh economic condition. God bless you real good. Please, we wish to inform our parents that due to the prevailing high rate of inflation (18% officially) in the country, the cost of running the school has increased substantially. To stay afloat and maintain our services, the school fees have been reviewed upwards by 10%. We appeal that you bear with us in these trying times. We count on your goodwill and assure you that we do not take your patronage for granted.

ACCOUNT NAME:       Potasfield College

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1013483345

BANK:                           Zenith Bank

We urge that you go through the Pentecost Term Programme taking note of important dates and events for the term as this will enable your full participation (View Download Below).

On behalf of the Proprietor, Management, Staff, and Students of the School, we wish you a Happy Easter Celebration.

DOWNLOAD THE PENTECOST TERM ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2022

Remain blessed by the Lord.

Sited By

 Igbokwe T.C (Pfschools Principal)

No more late registration from 2022, WAEC warns

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says late registration of candidates by schools for its West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would no longer be allowed, beginning from 2022.
The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

Areghan spoke against the backdrop of late registration of candidates by some schools in an alleged bid to shop for external candidates.
The HNO warned that there would be no going back on deadlines set by the council for registration of school candidates, henceforth.

According to him, there is a need for school owners to respect deadlines for uploading their candidates’ details for the examination.
He said that late registration was a major challenge to the council.
”Late registration makes preparations very cumbersome. On the contrary, we do not experience the same during examinations for private candidates.
”This year, we opened our portal for registration of candidates on Feb. 5, to close on May 16; that is a three-month interval.
”We later extended it to May 31, but due to activities of defaulters, we kept shifting the goalpost until the end of June. This is July and as of the 15th, these stragglers were still calling for more extension.

”These are people who will not do the needful within the given period; this will no longer be tolerated, no matter the explanation advanced,” he warned.

The WAEC boss noted that there was a Federal Government policy on education which stated that no school should enroll external candidates for WASSCE for schools.

Stop forcing under-age children into secondary school

Lagos Releases Harmonised 2021/2022 Academic School Calendar

In line with its mandate to ensure a harmonized academic school calendar for both public and private schools in Lagos State, the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) has released the approved school calendar for the 2021/2022 academic year.

A statement by the Public Affairs Officer of OEQA, Mr Olaniran Emmanuel, said the calendar was arrived at during a stakeholders’ meeting comprising school administrators, members of various private schools associations, proprietors and representatives of the state Ministry of Education.
“The purpose of the academic calendar is to ensure that students spend productive learning hours in the classrooms and to serve as a pre-emptive measure in planning for unforeseen events.
“The approved 2021/2022 harmonized school calendar, would ensure that schools are held accountable on the same standards bearing in mind that the pandemic and other emergencies have facilitated the need to create proactive policies and embed flexibility in schools.
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“The academic calendar has reflected the introduction of Staff Professional Development for all schools prioritizing a Five-Day capacity development for teachers prior to the first week of resumption.
“As schools will be resuming for the First Term (2021/2022 academic session) on Monday 13th September 2021, the Lagos State Government through the OEQA has reassured stakeholders of prioritizing harmonized instructional days of learning for all schools in the state,” the statement read.
Stop forcing under-age children into secondary school

Stop forcing under-age children into secondary school

The Lagos State Education Commissioner, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has counselled parents not to rush their wards to secondary school without completing six years of primary education stipulated by the National Policy on Education (NPE).

Speaking during an interactive session with educators and visitors at the 2021 Total School Support Exhibition (TOSSE) held at the Ten Degrees event centre, Oregun, last Friday, the commissioner also cautioned secondary schools against accepting children that do not complete primary six.

Responding to question about the culture of rushing children off to secondary school from primary four or five, Mrs. Adefisayo said: “As principal of a secondary school, I never admitted a child without primary six report card. But I want to appeal to secondary schools too especially private secondary schools stop taking underage children because it even undermines your school because it takes them long to settle down they don’t really. They may be brilliant but I have hardly seen anyone who kept it up till SS3 because they are so young.”

Continuing, she said schools should counsel parents on the danger of admitting an eight or nine year old in secondary school.

“Schools have to let parents know if a child comes in at eight he is going to be like 13 or 14 in SS3. Do you really want a fourteen year-old in the university? A child who cannot make decisions in a free environment free for all where you know the people there are much older than them you don’t want your 13, 14 years old in an environment of 20-year old who in turn will force them to do things they do not want to do. So I think it is a campaign that we all have to work on together. We are working on that to bring back Primary six.”

When asked if the government may consider sanctions against schools that admit underage children in an interview, Mrs. Adefisayo said: “We are going to look at that … to sanction them because the national policy on education is clear on it that children from so-so age to so-so age should be in primary school.”

Speaking on the various reforms initiated by the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu-administration the Commissioner said there had been improvement of schools infrastructure, teacher training, curriculum review and the integration of technology in teaching and learning.

She spoke of the government’s plan to build technological eco-friendly schools, saying that the pilot had started at Vetland Junior School, Agege.

On the schools’ appeal that the government reduce the cost of material testing from N100,000, and consolidate taxes to check multiple taxation, Mrs. Adefisayo said the Office of Education Quality Assurance would discuss the review with relevant government agencies.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja urged all stakeholders to join hands to support government in it is a collective responsibility of the citizenry and stakeholders to sensitise parents on how to discourage street hawking and child abuse.

The commissioner was supported by directors and heads of agencies, units and commissions under the ministry of education in addressing the various issues raised school administration, multiple taxation, quality assurance, school approval requirements, among others.

Other members of the panellists include the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District IV, Mr. Olajide Charles, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District VI, Mrs. Okelola Oludara, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District II, Mrs. Anike Adekanye, Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki Ayeni, Executive Secretary, LASTVEB, Mrs. Moronke Azeez, Permanent Board Member LSUBEB, Mrs. Sijuade Idowu-Tiamiyu, Senior Special Assistant, STEAM, Mrs. Adetola Salau. They proffered solutions to challenges facing the sector and intimated stakeholders on the roles of their respective agencies.

Sited By

Gloria Olayemi (Pfschools Staff)

Story By

Kofoworola Belo-Osagie (the Nation Newspapers)

(Reference material: https://thenationonlineng.net/stop-forcing-under-age-children-into-secondary-school-commissioner-counsels-parents/)

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