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C-River abolishes first school certificate

By John Ighodaro
CALABAR — The  Cross River State government has abolished first school leaving certificate to encourage holders to further their education.

Commissioner for Education, Prof. Offiong, disclosed this in Calabar, yesterday, at a meeting with head teachers of public primary schools.

He said the decision of the government was informed by the need to bridge the com-munication gap between policy makers and those who implement government poli-cies.

According to him, govern-ment will no longer issue first school leaving certificate to primary six pupils after the 2007/2008 session.

“Basic School Certificates will now be issued to successful students on completion of the Junior Secondary School (JSS3) examination and there is no automatic transition into the JSS1 class,” he added.

“The decision to abolish the first school leaving certificate was geared towards encouraging primary six pupils to further their education and by so doing stand the chance of being productive to themselves and the society,” he said.

On the continuous assessment scheme, the commissioner said it would provide a platform to keep  track of children’s performance in school.

He said the issue of handwriting competition at the primary school level would be re-introduced into the school curriculum to enforce Government Read and Write campaign.

The commissioner also disclosed that a list of accredited private schools would be made public early 2010 to avoid the possibility of frustrating children at the point of choice of schools.


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