West African Examination Council Adds 39 New Subjects Into Its Syllabus

West African Examination Council, WAEC, has added 39 new subjects into its examination syllabus.

Olayinka Ajibade, the Council’s Acting Head, Test Development Division, who announced this development, said the new subjects will take effect from this year’s May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.

Ajibade made this known while delivering a paper entitled “The New Senior Secondary Education Curriculum in Nigeria: Implications for Assessment” at the council’s monthly seminar in Lagos on Friday.

According to her, the new development was in line with the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council’s new secondary school curriculum.

She said, “The implementation of the new SSCE curricula began in September 2011, meaning that the maiden public examinations based on the new/ revised curricula are expected to be held in May/ June 2014.

“Each WASSCE syllabus is derived from the senior secondary education curriculum. In addition to the 39 new subjects for which NERDC engaged in curriculum development, curriculum review was also carried out for 35 existing subjects.”

In the new curriculum, four new subjects- Computer Studies,Insurance, Store Management and Office Practice- are in the electives category, while the remaining 35 subjects are in the Trade category.

Other subjects in the trade category include Painting and Decorating, Photography, Salesmanship, Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, and Upholstery.

Ajibade added that under the fresh directive, students would be required to take four core subjects, comprising English Language, General Mathematics, Civic Education and Trade/ Entrepreneurial Studies.

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