The Lagos State Government has announced the introduction of Personal Identification Number (LASPIN) to capture the biometrics of students in all public primary and secondary schools.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Mr Jide Lawal.
The statement quoted the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, as saying that LASPIN would be a unique identity for each student throughout his or her study in the state’s education system.
Adebule, who supervises the ministry, said the transfer process of students in the state would now be streamlined, using the LASPIN.
According to her, LASPIN will control and discourage abuses and make the process of transfer from one school to another, more transparent.
The deputy governor was also quoted as expressing government’s determination to improve on the pass ratings for Lagos State students in external examinations from three per cent to 60 per cent by 2019.
She said that government was committed to the adoption of e-curriculum platform/solution to assist teachers in accessing the subject curriculum and syllabus directly from the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).
“The introduction and adoption of e-curriculum platform/solution will guarantee uniformity and ease the development of lesson plan and teacher’s guide from the ministry’s portal,” she said.
Adebule said that the intensive monitoring and supervision of teachings and learning activities in schools by the quality assurance office were aimed at meeting the set standards.
The deputy governor said the standards were set by both the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).
“Government will undertake the systematic introduction and exposure of students to ICT- based teaching and learning tools (e.g. learning tablets) starting from the senior secondary level.
“This is in order to make our teachers and students compete globally and be compliant with modern trend,” she said in the statement.