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Some hours ago, Daily Post reported that the FG of Nigeria, with the support of stakeholders in the Ministry of Education, has banned SS1 and SS2 students from seating for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).
It was made known that the Ministry of Education cancelled the exams for the aforementioned students because they believe it hindered students to settle down on serious studies. The ministry also claimed that those students are somehow proud and they distract other students from achieving their goals. However, it was made known that any students caught writing the exams in SS1 or SS2 will be expelled from the school.
Students writing the WASSCE exam
Students who seat for both private and external exams in SS1 or SS2 are very common in this 21st century, they are mostly encouraged by their parents probably because they want them to finish their education quickly. Now that SS3 students are qualified to be writing those mentioned examinations, it would have both positive and negative effects on the life of Nigerian students.
Two things the implementation may result in Nigeria...
Firstly, students under the age of 15, 16, 17 or 18 would stop getting admission into the Nigerian tertiary institution. There are numbers of underage students in the Nigerian institutions, the new implementation by the ministry of education would give no room for students like that anymore.
Secondly, it may increase the rate of corruption in the country. Nigerians can go any length to get whatever they want, to my own belief, some parents may lie about the age and class of their children because they wanted them to seat for the aforementioned exams.
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