The EKOEXCEL effect was supported by The Education Partnership Center in partnership with LASG SUBEB studying the effect of the Lagos’ State Government’s EKOEXCEL programme.


The study evidenced accelerated student achievement gains, better  classroom culture, and stronger curriculum management. 

Student Achievement Gains 

EKOEXCEL has dramatically accelerated student literacy and numeracy performance, showing statistically significant  differences between student performance in EKOEXCEL schools versus their peers in  traditional schools:

  • EKOEXCEL students advanced in numeracy twice as fast as  students in traditional schools. 
  • In Literacy, the contrast was even greater, with EKOEXCEL  students progressing 3x as fast as their peers in comparable schools. 

Classroom Culture

EKOEXCEL has more supportive learning environments and more positive behavioral expectations compared to typical schools:

  • EKOEXCEL classrooms were 85% more likely to set positive behaviour expectations and 45% more likely to have a supportive learning environment
  • EKOEXCEL girls were 8% more likely to attend school than girls in status quo classrooms. Attendance for boys across program and status quo schools was similarly strong at 92% and 93%, respectively.
  • EKOEXCEL classrooms were rated high or very high on two critical determinants of classroom culture: Supportive Learning Environment and Positive Behavioral Expectations. 

Curriculum Management by Head Teachers 

  • EKOEXCEL head teachers were confident about lesson plans maintaining curriculum adherence and quality. Additionally, EKOEXCEL  head teachers accessed lesson plans through their tablet to ensure that the lessons are  delivered according to plan.