Parents have hailed the impact of EKOEXCEL, an innovative digital initiative launched by the Lagos State Government in 2019 to transform public primary schools. They acknowledged EKOEXCEL’s tangible gains at a parent-teacher conference held in 1,011 public primary schools in the state, where they assessed activities of the just concluded 2021/2022 academic session.

The parents hailed the brilliance of three pupils from the state in the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) and benefits of the intervention managed by the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB).

Lagos State registered the highest number of candidates with 19,518 out of the 71,518 pupils that sat for the exam for admission into unity colleges.

While the overall best pupil in the NCEE conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) scored 201 out of 210, three pupils of Lagos public primary schools were just five points behind. Ayomide Daniel Ajayi of Hussey Military Primary School, Yaba, scored 198; Damilola Basit Araba of the same school had 197 and Deborah Ugbaha of St Georges Girls School, Ikoyi, scored 196.

Other pupils also had good scores, showing the significant movement of EKOEXCEL pupils towards proficiency by more than 20 per cent.

Commenting on the excellent NCEE performances, parents expressed satisfaction and challenged those promoted to primary six to emulate the celebrated pupils or even do better next year.

“I’m happy with how EKOEXCEL has improved my son. I didn’t expect him to do so well in the exam. The extra hours and curricular activities paid dividends. I hope his younger sister will do better in 2024 when she writes the exam,” a parent, Mrs. Enitan Ojo, said.

Others, including Alhaji Abubakar, a bureau de change operator; Mohammed Ahmed of the Nigerian Ports Authority; a businesswoman, Oluwashinaayomi Ada and Nwunu Chioma also acknowledged their children’s academic improvements.