Some secondary school students in Lagos State, who just concluded Senior Secondary School Examination, have thanked Lagos State Government for free secondary education, which they said lifted them.
The students, who finished from Ojota Senior Secondary School, described Lagos government as a trail blaizer, urging other states to emulate it.
They spoke in interviews on Friday.
They told NAN that some of them were able to acquire secondary education because it was offered free by Lagos State Government.
Miss Stephanie James said that she was excited to complete secondary education.
She thanked Lagos State Government for the opportunity and praised her teachers for patience and commitment.
James urged her fellow school leavers to ensure that there secondary education would count.
She, however, appealed to the state government to improve teaching and learning facilities in secondary schools as well as sustain the free education.
“I want the government to improve facilities for learning in schools.
“ Conducive learning environment will make students to be more interested in education.
“Government should continue the free education; this will help those whose parents cannot afford school fees to be educated.
“When they are educated, they will think better,” she said.
James, who want to study law in university, urged her juniors to make maximum use of the free education to develop themselves.
Master Daniel Uzoma told NAN that secondary education was interesting, thanking the government for the free education.
Uzoma said that he and other students autographed on their school uniforms after their last examination paper, for remembrance.
For Miss Adedoyin Adekoya, completing secondary education is a big achievement. She thanked Lagos State Government for free secondary education.
Adekoya called on the government to employ more teachers and pay them better so they would teach better and students would be more developed.
Miss Ramatu Hassan said that she was grateful to God and the state government for completing secondary education.
She described Lagos State as a trail blaizer, urging other states to make secondary education free to give more opportunities to indigent people to achieve the education.
Miss Omotayo Elizabeth told NAN that it was a huge blessing to finish secondary education.
“I am happy, I am done with it.
“I thank the government for free education. The programme should continue both in Lagos and other states of Nigeria.
“This will help more people to attend secondary school.”
NAN reports that the students were seen signing autographs on each other’s uniform as a parting gift.