Sunday, 20 October, 2019


Senior Secondary School Education

As a senior secondary school student, you have now reached the stage at which you must start to make decisions which will affect your future career.

The National Curriculum at senior secondary which all students follow provides a broad balance of subjects to study. Danbo International College places a strong emphasis on the WAEC/NECO requirement and instructions on the senior secondary education.

Student may chose from the following courses:
English, Literature in English, Environmental Language [Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo] Arabic, French, Christian/Islam Religious Knowledge, History, Government, Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Health Science, Fine Art, Music, Food & Nutrition, Technical Drawing, Clothing and Textiles, Applied Electricity, Electronics, Wood Work, Building Construction, Commerce and Shorthand.

Student study preference will be based upon their interest, ability, achievements and ambition. Form tutors and subject specialist in discussion with students and parents will offer advice on choices best suited to the individual learner.

From Senior Secondary year, you will be developing individual learning skills in order to help you become an effective and flexible learner for life. All students have particular strengths and abilities; yours might be quite different from your friend. At Danbo International College we aim to ensure that each student achieves his personal best. Helping you to plan your Senior Secondary School program is part of helping you to succeed and achieve your utmost and honest potential always.

Your final examination will be administered by WAEC and NECO for the award of the Senior Secondary School Certificate [SSC] which will take place in the third year of your study.

Your progress will be assessed in all your chosen subjects and reports will be sent to your parents. We will also review the progress you have made and be promoted to the next class otherwise you may be asked to repeat or you may not be entered for the SSC examination.

To be eligible to write the SSC examination you must have a minimum of C in English and Mathematics in your promotional examination, particularly in your pre-mock. You will be given assignments regularly, it is a serious offence when assignment are not done or submitted on time. The penalty is that you will be detained after school by academic staff members to do your assignments.

The SSC examination will test the extent to which you have covered the material contained in the curriculum approved by the National Council of Education. The SSCE Examination is made up of two components, the continuous assessment of your first 2years (SS) and the first term of your third year will be submitted. The external examination is conducted at the third term of your year 3. Your two years and a terms work of continuous assessment is 30% while the final examination that will be administered by WAEC will be 70%.

Choice of Subjects

For the award of SSC, you are to write a minimum of eight subjects and maximum of nine subjects. You must offer the following core subjects

  1. English language
  2. Religious Studies (Christianity/Islam)
  3. Mathematics
  4. Physics and Government (one or all)
  5. English Literature, History and Geography (one or all)
  6. Agriculture Science or any vocational subject
  7. Biology
  8. Economics

Note: In Addition to the above, you must offer electives subjects not already offered as a core subject and may drop off the electives in the third term of your year two. The subjects are;

  1. Chemistry, Further-Mathematics, Commerce, History, English, Literature in English, Geography, Agricultural-Science, Christian Religious Knowledge, Islamic Religious Knowledge, Technical-Drawing, Music, Art, French, Physical Education, Government, Foods and Nutrition,
  2. One of the Nigeria languages; Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa.
  3. PSHE and Career guidance.

Every choice you make during your education will affect your future career in some way. Don't worry, at this time no one expects you to know definately what you want to do for the rest of your life. But now is the time to give a little thought to the subject choice in order to have a better chance to follow a career that is right for you. In SS 1, you are expected to take 10 or 11 subjects, in SS 2, 9 subjects and in SS 3 8 or 9 subjects. We practise a system of 10, 9 and 8.

Ask yourself again:

  1. Why do I want to take this subject?
  2. Are these good reasons?
  3. Does the subject fit in with any ideas about my future?

It is very important to talk about your choices during your career work in PSHE class and also at home.Your subject teachers will be providing you with further information during the lesson time or during the orientation of your class group.

You are to read and continue to develop yourself, support is available for your learning area.


In Senior Secondary Schools, all students must compulsorily offer:

  1. English language
  2. Religious Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. One of Physics or Government
  5. One of Literature in English, History and Geography
  6. Agricultural science or a vocational subject.
  7. Economics
  8. Biology

These subjects (1-6) are the CORE subjects.

In addition to the above, every student must offer same electives, not already offered as core subjects, and may drop one of these electives in the third year. The elective subjects are:

  1. Further Mathematics
  2. Geography
  3. Agricultural Science
  4. Government Arabic Studies
  5. Auto Mechanics
  6. History
  7. Biology
  8. Book-keeping
  9. Metal Work
  10. Chemistry
  11. Music
  1. Commerce
  2. Physical Education
  3. Economics
  4. Physics
  5. Electronics
  6. Short Hand
  7. Fine Art
  8. Typewriting
  9. French
  10. Woodwork

What are Vocational Subjects? These are:

  • Book-keeping
  • Electronics
  • Fine Art
  • Metal Works
  • Shorthand
  • Technical Drawing
  • Typewriting
  • Wood work
  • Agricultural Science
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Home Economics
  • Visual Arts/Fine Art
  • Music

Evaluation and Certification

S.S.C.E. Evaluation and certification are based on the continuous assessment method and on end-of-course examination conducted by the WAEC and NECO leading to the Senior School Certificate (S.S.C).

WAEC Requirements & Instructions

The West African Examination Council (W.A.E.C) will administer the Senior Secondary certificate examination to School candidates in the third year of the Senior Secondary course. The examination will test the extent to which Students have covered the materials contained in the teaching curriculum approved by the National Council for Education. The syllabuses contained therein are distillation of the teaching curriculum and Teachers should regard them only as guidelines and not as ends in themselves.    

Candidates should acquaint themselves thoroughly with regulations since this form the basis for taking the examination. The SSC examination is made up of two components: The continuous assessment which carries 30%, and the external examination which carries the remaining 70%. The Examination is held once in a year in the months of May and June. The School assessments for the first two and the first term of the third year of submit their assessment scores for the two years and a term in triplicate by entering them in C.A. assessment mark sheets obtained from the council and submitted as follows:

  1. The original and duplicate copies to the zoned/branch office in the State.
  2. A copy to the State Ministry of Education.

Subjects of the Examination

1. English Language
2. Arabic
3. French
4. Hausa Language
5. Igbo Language
6. Yoruba Language
7. Literature in English
8. Christian Religious. Knowledge
9. Islamic Religious Knowledge
10. History
11. Geography
12. Government
13. Economics
14. Mathematics
15. Further Mathematics
16. Physical Education
17. Physics
18. Chemistry
19. Biology
20. Agric Science

21. Health Science
22. Art
23. Music
24. Clothing & Textiles
25. Food & nutrition
26. Home management
27. Technical Drawing
28. Applied Electricity
29. Electronics
30. Metal works
31. Woodwork
32. Building Construction
33. Auto mechanics
34. Commerce
35. Shorthand
36. Typewriting
37. Book-keeping
38. Hausa Literature
39. Igbo Literature
40. Yoruba literature

Choice of Subjects (Core)

(a) Core Subjects
For the award of the Senior Certificate, Candidates must enter for and sit for a minimum of eight and a maximum of nine subjects from the above list. However, Candidates must offer the following core subjects.

1. English language
2. One Nigerian Language
3. Mathematics
4. One of the following alternative subjects; Physics, Chemistry, & Biology.
5. One of Literature in English, History. Geography
6. Agricultural Science or any vocational subjects.

(B) Electives
In addition to the above, every student must offer three elective subjects not already offered as a core subject, and may drop off these electives in the third year. The elective subjects are

· Biology
· Physics
· Chemistry
· Health Science
· Further Mathematics
· Commerce
· Economics
· Book keeping
· Typewriting
· Shorthand
· History
· Literature in English
· Geography
· Agricultural Science
· Building Construction
· Clothing & Textiles
· Home management
· Christian Religious knowledge
· Islamic Religious knowledge
· Arabic
· Metal work
· Electronics
· Technical Drawing
· Wood Work
· Auto - Mechanics
· Music
· Art
· French
· Physical Education
· Government
· Applied Electronics
· Food and Nutrition
· Hausa literature
· Igbo literature
· Yoruba literature
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