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Pupils in the Nigerian Primary Education Jumping classes!

Nigeria | Education | 16th July 2021 | Virtual Wire

Nigeria has a primary education system that promotes the idea of most kids finishing school at the age of eleven.

Given this, a child who begins school at age three (Pre-Basic 1 class), should spend a total of eight to nine years in a primary school and learn all that's necessary to make him/her cope in a secondary school.


Most teachers in the primary education system might discover that the curriculum has therefore been built in such a way that at every particular age, there's something a child learns that's peculiar to the class he/she is in.


If that's the case, it means that children can only get the best out of the primary education in Nigeria, if they go through every class and are taught the complete curriculum as they should be.

Well, this is not the case in recent times. Parents are now in the habit of wanting their kids to round off their primary education before they get to the last class. They make them jump classes.


It's now a common thing to see a child in Basic four with two or one year left, as the case may be, abandon his education in a primary school and go straight into a secondary school, damning the repercussions.


The sad part about this is that the damages are not obvious. Sometimes parents end up not seeing anything wrong with what they've done until much later in the future when the kids who are now grown up adults narrate the struggle they went through in secondary schools, because they weren't prepared (mentally, psychologically and though rare; physically).


By this time, it's already too late. The final examination meant for Basic five/Basic six pupils to signify the completion of the primary education doesn't give allowance for those who are not yet in the class, yet these 'premature' kids are forced to write it.

Some go as far as skipping it because secondary schools admit them into classes as far as their parents can meet their financial obligations.


It's advisable for parents with kids in Nigerian Primary Education to put their kids first. It's their lives been affected by the choices they make on their behalf.

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