The Lagos State Government yesterday said plans are underway to give 10,000 secondary school pupils scholarships just as RETECH Foundation presented N500,000 cash prizes to ten pupils who emerged overall best in the 2021 Basic Education Certification Examination (BECE). Speaking during the presentation of the cash prizes at the Lagos State Scholarship Board Office, the Board’s Executive Secretary, Mr Omotayo Fakolujo, said efforts are on to expand the scheme to accommodate more brilliant secondary school pupils. He added that by 2022, the state plans to have about 10,000 pupils benefit in the scheme through a partnership with the private sector.
He said the state government would encourage the foundation to increase its scholars to 20 by next year to give room for others who are equally brilliant, but underprivileged. On his part, Chairman and Trustee, RETECH Foundation, Ronye Egborge, explained that the scholarship awards were offered to the top 10 students in the Basic EducationCertificateExamination (BECE) in the state in recognitionof theiroutstanding academic performance.