The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has clarified claims that it introduced 39 additional subjects to the curriculum of secondary schools, saying it does not have the capacity to take such step.

The head of the Nigerian office of the council, Mr Charles Eguridu, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists yesterday in Lagos at a teachers’ training organised by the body in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, agreed that the additional subjects were necessary for the candidates to prepare them for the modern-day realities.

Eguridu said it would further prepare the students for skill acquisition and entrepreneurial studies, while also revealing that the review was done by the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council, the body empowered to carry out such responsibility.

Meanwhile, the examination body has said that it is prepared to conduct examinations in the new subjects during its forthcoming May/June senior secondary school certificate examination (SSSCE), saying the body is already working hard to address the expected challenges that may arise as a result.

The council’s acting head, test development division, Mrs Olayinka Ajibade, was reported to have hinted of the newly introduced subjects recently 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.

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

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

Ajibade was said to have stated 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.

The candidates, she added, would be required to choose three or four subjects from Humanities, Science, Technology and Business Studies depending on their potential and interest.

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