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Aug 4, 2021

NECO reschedules 2021 common entrance examinations

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has rescheduled the 2021 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Federal Unity Colleges from May 29 to June 5. NECO also recently has ruled out extending registration for the 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for institution-based candidates.

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Jul 16, 2021

Nigeria Minister seeks modification of education system

Nigeria Minister of Education said the present system of education should be modified by reforming learning, curriculum and pedagogy.

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Jul 6, 2021

Nigeria Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board extends registration deadline, shifts examination dates

Prospective candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE) programmes who have been battling difficulties in their attempts to register, can now relax as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a two-week deadline extension for the registration activities.

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Jun 23, 2021

Nigeria National Examinations Council announces dates for 2021 exams

National Examinations Council (NECO) has released results of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for external candidates. The Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal is scheduled to hold from Monday 5th July to Monday 16th August, 2021.

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May 13, 2021

Nigeria’s Education Minister insists resumption of schools

Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has said that the January 18, 2021 schools’ resumption date will not be changed. The Minister said the decision to maintain the resumption date was the aftermath of extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders which includes staff unions and students respectively.

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Apr 30, 2021

Secondary schools in Kaduna to reopen

The Kaduna State Government in Nigeria has directed public and private secondary schools, across the state, to reopen for academic activities on Feb. 1.

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Mar 31, 2021

Anambra State Postpones Reopening of Schools

Following the surge in COVID-19 cases in Anambra State of Nigeria, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano has postponed the reopening of schools in the state by two weeks. He said the decisions had become necessary following the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that was “sweeping across the world”.

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Feb 3, 2021

FG releases 2020 National Common Entrance Examinations results, fixes cut off mark

With the release of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination results, the Federal Government has announced that they have changed the national cut off marks for the examinations at 142.

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Oct 27, 2020

WAEC to release 2020 SSSCE results late October

The West African Examinations Council announced that the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination results will be released late October.

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Sep 28, 2020

WAEC denies leakage of Maths examinations

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) denies leakage of its Mathematics paper, this comes as students begin to sit for exams. The WAEC examinations are four months behind schedule due largely to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

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Sep 28, 2020

NBC, NTC examinations begin Sept 21, says NABTEB

Nigeria Federal Ministry of Education announces that the NABTEB is fixed and will conduct their examinations between September 21 and October 15. The NCEE for JSS 3 Students’ admission to Technical Colleges had been brought forward from to September 5, from its previous date of October 3.

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Sep 27, 2020

Lagos government releases new 2020-2021 academic plans

Lagos government releases plans for the 2020-2021 academic year

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Jul 30, 2020

Exit Classes to Reopen August 4th

Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only. Students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020.

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Jul 30, 2020

Federal Government Rolls Out Schedule for National Examinations

The Federal Government has released a comprehensive schedule for various National Examinations for exit classes, spanning from 17th August to 18th November, 2020.

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Nigeria is located on the West Coast of Africa and it is the most populous state in Africa. Ethnic and religious differences have led to much instability.

Through the 19th Century, European traders established colonies for traffic in the slave trade. the British expanded trade in Nigeria and in 1901 Nigeria became a British Protectorate. The influence of the British system of government can be seen in the structure of the educational system. However, in recent years, the educational system has acquired some characteristics of the American educational system.

Nigeria obtained independence from Britain in 1960. For most of its years of independence, Nigeria has been under military rule. However, in 1999 a new constitution was adopted and there is now a civilian government. During the military rule, there were many riots and strikes which led to a decline in the educational system.

At the present time, Nigeria is encouraging the establishment of private universities. A National Universities Commission has been established to accredit private universities and oversee programs at Federal and State national universities.


Nigerian education, since the introduction of the Senior School Certificate, has a 6+3+3 system of primary-secondary education. Six years of primary education are followed by three years of junior high school. High school (senior secondary education) is also three years. The Senior School Certificate is awarded upon graduation. The Senior School Certificate examinations are conducted by the West African Examinations Council or the National Examinations Council (NECO). The language of instruction is English.

Verification of WAEC Senior School Certificates

Students in Nigeria may purchase a “Scratch Card” which may be used up to five times. If you wish to verify the WAEC Senior School Certificate, ask the student to send you a copy of both the front and the back of this card. Then you may visit the WAEC Website and verify the credentials via the internet. According to the educational adviser, all results from 1993 to the present will be listed on the computer, and will remain on the computer. There is also a Zonal or Branch Office in each state of the country.

As of 1999, all certificates contain the photograph of the student embossed on the Certificates, as an added security measure.

Prior to the introduction of the Senior School Certificate, Nigerian students completed the General Certificate of Education “Ordinary” level (eleven years) and the General Certificate of Education “Advanced” level (thirteen years). Students who had successful “Advanced” level passes were admitted to the second year of university education, and students with passes at the “Ordinary” level were admitted to the first level of university education. Specific passes in specific subjects, depending on the faculty, may be required for both the Senior School Certificate and the General Certificate of Education “Ordinary” level.

Education Structure

There are both Federal and State institutions of higher education in Nigeria. The Federal institutions tend to be better funded. Entry into university requires the Universities Matriculation Examination offered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Grades of 200/400 are required for passing. Bachelors degree programs generally last four years (three years for students with good General Certificate of Education “Advanced” levels). Medicine and Dentistry are six year courses and some professional degrees, such as Engineering and Architecture, may be five years. Graduate degrees include the Masters degrees, one to two years in duration, and the Doctorate degree, usually two to three years in duration.


Students may also receive a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from departments of universities in Nigeria. Admission requirements to the Diploma course are different from those required for regular undergraduate students. These students are not required to take the admission examination (JAMB), and are often acquiring the Diploma for employment purposes. However, students with exceptional grades on the Diploma course may be admitted to the second year of undergraduate study at universities in Nigeria. The Advanced Diploma is also often obtained for employment purposes. Students with the Advanced Diploma are generally admitted to the second year of university study at universities in Nigeria.

The Nursing Council of Nigeria also offers a 3 year nursing diploma and a one year diploma in Midwifery.

Teacher Training

Nigeria also has a variety of non-university, post-secondary education. Technical colleges and polytechnics offer the National Diploma and the Higher National Diploma. Teacher training colleges, which are not university level, previously offered the Grade II Teacher's Certificate and the Nigerian Certificate of Education. The Grade II Certificate was previously required for teaching in primary school, but now the Nigerian Certificate of Education is the minimum requirement. Teachers with the Nigerian Certificate of Education may be admitted to the second year or the third year of a Bachelor of Education degree program, depending on grades received.



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